Blackpool schoolboy sex predator – aged just 16

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A schoolboy was branded a sex predator by a judge who heard how the youth broke the terms of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order just seven months after it was imposed.

The boy was just 15-years-old when he was placed on the order and the Sex Offender’s Register.

He is now 16 and about to take his GCSEs, District Judge Jeff Brailsford was told at Blackpool Youth Court.

The boy defied the order by inciting a 15-year-old girl to send him naked pictures of herself.

The order was made last June after the same judge was told how the Blackpool schoolboy blackmailed female classmates to send explicit pictures to him.

The court heard then how his mobile phone used a device called Calculator Vault to hide his store of pictures and had told the girls that if they did not carry on with his demands he would publish the pictures on the Internet.

Today the defendant, dressed in his school shirt and tie, admitted inciting the 15-year-old to send him pictures and was placed on a two year rehabilition order. He remains on the Sex Register and is still bound by the terms of his Sexual Harm order.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the girl started to get messages from the youth and they agreed to meet.

He then began with his sexual demands telling her to take pictures of her breasts and put her phone between her legs.

She then realised that she knew the youth and told her teacher and he was arrested.

He told police: “I knew she was 14 or 15 and I accept I have broken the order.”

He said he had also sent her pictures of his erect penis. He added: “I gave into my impulses.”

The judge was told about his previous convictions and how he had also been given cautions for setting up a false Facebook account and telling a 12-year-old girl he would post sexual pictures of her on it.

Brett Chappell, defending, said: “This schoolboy knows he is in a grave position today. He has let himself and his family down.”

The judge told the youth: “What you are doing has an appalling effect on young girls’ lives – when the pictures go on social media you make their lives a misery.

“This latest incident was perhaps opportunistic but it was also predatory. Your personal gratification does damage to girls and you must stop what you are doing. This girl would have not sent you these pictures had you not asked for them.

“I have called you predatory and you are. But you are now at the crossroads. If this continues you will be sent to custody.”