Sex offender jailed

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A teenager who had sex with two underage girls has been jailed.

Stephen Devlin was told by a judge he had taken advantage of his victims’ naivety and had been able to “present himself in a romantic light”.

The 19-year-old, of Read’s Avenue, central Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to five offences of sexual activity with a child - four of them involving one of the girls.

Devlin had been 18 at the time of the offences, while both his victims were 13.

A judge at Preston Crown Court gave him five years custody, with four years extended licence to follow.

He will be on the sex offenders register indefinitely and subject to a sexual offences prevention order.

Nick Kennedy, prosecuting, said the offences initially came to light when one of the victims told a social worker in the joint police and social care team, called Awaken.

John Woodward, defending, said Devlin had made a terrible mistake for which he was sorry, but he had been immature at the time.

Sentencing Devlin, Judge Pamela Badley said: “It appears the case you took advantage of the naivety of these girls.

“You were able to present yourself in a romantic light.

“However it is quite clear they were utterly mistaken.”

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