July 2018

Teenager, 18, had sex with 13-year-old girl after befriending her on Facebook

Nicholas Redgate had sex with a 13-year-old girl after befriending her through Facebook.

The then 18-year-old met up with the victim after they exchanged intimate photographs of one another online.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard they had sex four times before the girl’s mother found out and reported Redgate to the police.

It emerged he had also befriended a 14-year-old girl through Facebook and sent her sexually explicit messages and photographs.

Prosecutor Andrew Long said Redgate, who is now 19, had first contacted the 13-year-old victim last summer. He said: “She was befriended by the defendant on Facebook. She initially told him she was 16, but subsequently said she was 13.

He said that was OK but they would have to keep it a secret.

“He sent her pictures of himself showing his penis and encouraged her to send pictures of herself which she did, showing her bra and breasts.

“They arranged to meet up and he asked her to be in a relationship with him. After a few dates they had sex. They had sex four times.

“Her mum became aware of what was going on and reported the matter to the police.”

The court heard Redgate’s other victim received a Facebook friend request from him earlier last year.

Mr Long said: “The defendant engaged in chat with her and quickly started to send sexual messages.

“Eventually she stopped replying to him. She was concerned she had given enough information for him to find her and asked to stay off school.

“Her mum and auntie confronted her about the messages and she admitted what had happened.”

The court heard that, in October 2016, Redgate had been given a conditional caution by police for similar behaviour.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one offence of sexual activity with a child.

Judge David Fletcher handed Redgate, of Newfield Street, Tunstall, a three-year community order, as part of which he must complete a programme to address his offending behaviour.

Judge Fletcher said: “I think there is a sufficient prospect of rehabilitation in your case.

“You have to grow up very quickly and you have to understand that this sort of behaviour will never be sanctioned, and any behaviour like this in the future will result in an immediate prison sentence.”

An indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which includes restrictions on Redgate’s contact with children and his use of computers, was also imposed.

He will be on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.