Hotel security guard groomed and assaulted Chorley boy, 11, after meeting his family through his employment in Blackpool

A security worker groomed a school boy after meeting his family stayed at the Blackpool hotel where he had worked as a doorman.

Thursday, 7th September 2017, 2:22 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:47 pm
Claremont Hotel

Simon Andrew Fredrick Sullivan, 24, of Withnell Road, Blackpool, is facing sentencing after admitting a string of four charges against an 11 year-old boy from Chorley, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Sullivan, wearing a black puffer jacket and suit, pleaded guilty to meeting a child following sexual grooming, sexual communication with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and sexual assault during a brief hearing at Preston Crown Court.

Sullivan, a security guard for Northern Security Services in Blackpool, had been stationed at the resort's Claremont Hotel, a two star hotel on the promenade.

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It is understood the victim and his family had stayed for a break and that is how Sullivan became known to them.

The charges relate to a period after their stay, during which he tried to groom the young boy.

Sullivan admitted meeting the schoolboy in March after grooming him, intending to commit a sexual offence against him.

He also admits a sexual assault between March and July by kissing him on the mouth.

Sullivan pleaded guilty to inciting the youngster to send him a picture of his private parts in June and to perform an act on himself.

Around the same time he encouraged him to send a picture or communication of himself in his boxer shorts.

Prosecuting, Paul Brookwell said the boy had been spoken to by the authorities.

He added: "He is a very young 11 and doesn't want to give any evidence in relation to the case."

Defending, Julie Taylor, said: "He is pleading guilty on the full facts save for he did not deliberately target this family. The initial contact with them was accidental - they were staying in a hotel where he worked. But once he met them and befriended them the offences began.

Judge Jonathan Gibson adjourned his case for a pre sentence report and granted him conditional bail banning him from Chorley borough or from having contact with children.

He will next appear before Burnley Crown Court on October 4 for sentencing, and must sign the sex offender's register in the meantime.

A spokesman for the Claremont Hotel said: " The defendant was not our employee.

"We have security staff supplied each week by Northern Security and he happened to be one of them."