The Offender travelled from his home in the town to Gateshead to meet the girl, after convincing her to send him intimate photos of herself online. The 38 year-old-man told the girl he was 18 years old.
His crimes came to light when the victim’s friend became concerned after seeing pictures of the predator- and not believing he was a teenager himself. She told a school teacher, who contacted the police and the victim’s mother.
The offender pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, two cases of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and meeting a child following sexual grooming.
Charity Warns That Children Are Being Left Traumatised by Pandemic
Children are feeling anxious about their loved ones’ health, as well as facing social isolation and hunger. Lack of internet access is also setting disadvantaged children back.
A lack of contact with safeguarding professionals has resulted in children being stuck with abusers.
Laurence Guinness, chief executive of the Childhood Trust, told BBC News many children it had spoken to were experiencing “vivid nightmares” about the coronavirus and death – a possible side-effect of PTSD.
The research found that lower-income households are twice as likely as richer ones to have increased their debts during the crisis.
“Pre-coronavirus Britain was marked by soaring wealth and damaging wealth gaps between households,” said George Bangham, an economist at the Resolution Foundation. “These wealth divides have been exposed by the crisis. While higher-income households have built up their savings, many lower-income households have run theirs down and had to turn to high-interest credit.”