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Teen 'bombarded' girls with explicit texts
8:00am Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
AN 18-year-old bombarded a 13-year-old girl with sexually explicit texts after her friends broadcast her details online and also slept with another girl of the same age.
Christopher Sargeant, of Greenings Court, Fairfield, targeting one of his victims, who he did not know, over a number of months after her friends broadcast her details on a phone messaging network.
He even turned up at Orford Park when she referred to being there, with his intention of getting her to perform a sex act on him.
But his victim said no because she was too young.
Miles Wilson, prosecuting, said: “He began contacting her out of the blue. She made it clear she was 13, the defendant said he was also 13 but he was 18 at the time.
“They ended up alone together [in Orford Park], he admitted he was older than he said he was, she described feeling intimidated by him.”
She blocked his number but he got a new one and began messaging her again. Mr Wilson said he sent around 100 ‘dirty’ messages.
His victim told her mother when rumours started to spread about her and the police were called.
In police interview Sargeant said he thought she was 14 and said she had been taking the initiative with him.
Warrington Crown Court heard on Thursday how he had also slept with another 13-year-old girl three times last year - all while in a relationship with another woman.
The pair slept together in Orford Park and on the second occasion he made the girl, who was pregnant at the time, climb through a window in his family home to avoid her getting caught.
On the third occasion he set up a tent for their meeting but she ended the contact when she was uncomfortable with the relationship.
Simon Berkson, defending, said: “He’s come to terms with the seriousness of his offending. He is someone who has grown up a lot since he has been remanded in custody.”
Judge Nicholas Woodward deliberated over what was the best course of action.
He said: “I’m very worried about this young man. He appears to present a risk and his behaviour needs to be addressed.
“You were in fact in a relationship with an adult woman. The concerns the court has are significantly made worse by that factor.
“It’s been described as pestering but it’s much more significant than that.
“You had set out to have sex with girls of that age.”
Sargeant had already spent 131 days in custody Judge Woodward said he would not have long left to serve if jailed and would not get treatment for his problem.
Similar concerns with a suspended sentence saw Sargeant handed a three year community order to undertake the Northumbria Sex offenders course, which the judge said had a high success rate to stop offending.
He was also banned from contacting young people without the permission of their parents.