Sex abuse soldier to face prison

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A SOLDIER has admitted committing sex offences towards two girls living in the Blackpool and Fylde area.

It is understood Thomas Booth carried out his crimes via computer and possibly while stationed with the Army in Cyprus.

The 19-year-old has been told by a judge he should expect a custodial sentence when he returns to court in the new year.

Booth, whose address is Marchwood Barracks in Southampton, pleaded guilty at a Preston Crown Court hearing to a total of eight offences.

He admitted two offences of possessing an indecent photograph of a child, four charges of inciting a 12-year-old child to engage in sexual activity, plus two other offences of encouraging the commission of an offence, believing it would be committed, that is by encouraging two girls to distribute indecent photos of a child.

He denied a charge of arranging to meet a child.

His pleas were accepted by the prosecution.

Booth is a young man of previous good character, currently serving in the army.

His case has been adjourned to January 16 for sentencing to take place at Lancaster Crown Court.

A pre-sentence report will be compiled on him by the Probation Service.

He was remanded on bail and told he would have to sign the sex offenders register.

Judge Anthony Lancaster told him: “You will appreciate these offences are serious and you ought to expect a term of custody in respect of them”.

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