March 2017

Takeaway worker sent schoolgirl, 14, sexual pictures of himself

A man has been sent on a sex offenders course for sending a 14-year-old schoolgirl sexual pictures of himself.

James Kizilkara, 24, knew the girl was of school age because he had seen her in her uniform, prosecutors said.

She attended Hull Crown Court in her school blazer, accompanied by her parents, to see him sentenced.

Kizilkara, who worked in a takeaway in Withernsea, sent the victim “several” sexual images of himself on Facebook Messenger. She was “disgusted” and blocked him from contacting her again.

Charlotte Baines, prosecuting, said there were elements of grooming in Kizilkara’s behaviour.

He had messaged the girl to say he had split up with his girlfriend and it “sucked”. At first, his messages were “relatively normal and straightforward”, but he then sent her the photographs, which appeared to be taken while he was in the bath, and in his bedroom.

Miss Baines said: “She was very perturbed and disgusted at receiving these images and was concerned about what to do.”

The girl showed the images to her father, who was also “disgusted”, and who contacted police.

“The prosecution say the defendant was well aware of how old [she] was, and she was of school age,” Miss Baines said.

Kizilkara was arrested in Sheffield and told police in interview he thought the girl he had been chatting to was 16 or 17.

He said he had not looked at her Facebook profile picture.

Kizilkara, of Fort Terrace, Bridlington, admitted three offences of causing a child to watch a sexual act for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification.

He represented himself and was asked by Judge David Tremberg if he had anything to say in mitigation.

Kizilkara said: “I’m just sorry it happened in the first place.

“It wasn’t a planned thing, it wasn’t a continuous thing.

“It was just, I dunno, summat I can’t take back, but summat that can never happen again.”

Asked by the judge if he knew the courts took such offences “very seriously”, Kizilkara said: “Oh yeah. Without doubt.”

The judge told him he had “set out to blur the appropriate sexual boundaries between yourself and this child.

“It is clear by your admission that you did what you did for sexual gratification.

“Thankfully, as opposed to so many children, she had the presence of mind to report these matters to somebody who could do something about them, and in that respect she has done you a favour, because if this was allowed to go any further, I suspect an immediate prison sentence would have followed.”

Kizilkara received a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He must attend the Northumbria sex offenders programme and have up to 50 days rehabilitation.He must register as a sex offender for seven years, and comply with a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.