October 2018

Man admits internet sexual offences

A 20-year-old man has admitted inciting a child to take part in sexual activity over the internet and has been warned by a judge he faces a possible jail sentence.

Daniel Petrie of Clingo Road, Leominster, admitted two counts of inciting a child to take part in sexual activity and one of causing a child to engage in sexual activity when he appeared before judge Jim Tindal at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday.

The offences against the girl, aged 13 or 14 at the time, took place between January 1, 2016 and June 28, 2016.

A further count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity was denied and will be allowed to remain on file.

Abigail Nixon, for Petrie, asked for the probation service to prepare pre-sentence report and judge Tindal adjourned the sentencing hearing for this purpose.

Judge Tindal said: “He will of course have to sign the Sex Offender Register as a result of his plea.

“You fall to be sentenced for these offences which are serious. What is being said on your behalf is, because it happened online, that it’s possible that an alternative to immediate imprisonment may be considered.

“That is a possibility but it is nowhere near a guarantee. I have considered all the circumstances of the case and one of the options I will be considering is custody. You need to prepare for that.”

He adjourned the case until November.