Man sexually abused boys

Sean Whitehead

Sean Whitehead

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A TEENAGER who sexually abused two boys and also downloaded indecent images on his computer has been sentenced to five years’ detention.

Sean Whitehead committed a serious sexual offence on both youngsters while he was aged 17.

Police executed a search warrant at his home on Beach Avenue, Cleveleys, last September.

Whitehead, now 18, had pleaded guilty to a total of 17 charges including nine sex offences and eight of making indecent images of children.

The search warrant was executed at his home on September 30. There had been suspicions he had indecent images on his computer.

He had freely admitted there would be such material on his computer.

The court also heard one of the boy victims had earlier said: “If Sean touches me again I’ll kill him”.

Both boys went on to tell police how the defendant had carried out sexual abuse. He had shown them indecent images and had offered them money, in return for sexual contact.

One of the youngsters said they had played rock, paper, scissors, which had ended with them stripping naked.

Whitehead was interviewed on October 20. He accepted that they had been naked, that he had touched them and that sex acts had also happened.

He denied sexual gratification was the motive for his actions.

He claimed the computer images were nothing more than curiosity.

Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said a total of 417 indecent images at level one were found – 87 at level two, nine at level three and 44 at level four.

The images were almost exclusively of boys, whose ages were thought to range from eight to 14 years old.

The teenager had no previous convictions.

Richard Haworth, defending, said the offences happened across a period of around two months.

Mr Haworth said: “He didn’t use any physical violence to commit the offences.”

The boys had not consented to what happened, but it was more a case of their will being broken.

The period Whitehead had spent on remand was said to have had a significant impact on him, his barrister said.

Imposing the five-year term, Judge Michael Byrne said there was an element of grooming and exploitation.

Whitehead had given the boys money and bought them presents.

He also said that a substantial prison sentence had been inevitable.

Whitehead will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and also subject to a sexual offences prevention order for 10 years.

This will include a ban on him having any unsupervised contact with children under 16.