Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man with Indecent Pictures of Girl Avoids Jail

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man with Indecent Pictures of Girl Avoids Jail

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A MAN who persuaded a teenage girl to send him pictures of herself in her underwear over the internet has narrowly avoided jail.

Dillon King was 23 when he chatted up the underage girl on Snapchat, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Using various aliases, he told her he was an 18-year-old college student.

He then asked for pictures of the teen in her underwear, and in various states of undress.

In one online exchange, they arranged to meet up in Hartlepool when King, now 24, suggested possible sexual activity - but she refused.

Police were led to him in October 2017 when he uploaded an indecent picture of another child to the website Tumblr.

They discovered 70 pictures on his mobile phone of the girl he had been messaging on Snapchat, including 15 that were indecent, and three short videos.

Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, said: "There were other images of this female complainant on the phone.

"The police by looking at the school uniform were able to trace [the victim] and her mother and discovered that she was a schoolgirl.

"If she didn't send photographs across to him he would stop speaking to her. He would ask her to remove her clothes and underwear and she said she felt pressured to send him indecent images of herself."

King, of Catcote Road, Hartlepool, also sent the girl indecent pictures of himself to her.

He pleaded guilty to offences of causing child sexual exploitation, possessing 18 indecent photographs of a child, and distributing an indecent image of a child, all between June and October 2017.

King drew underage world of for his own Michele Turner, defending, said in mitigation that King was of previous good character and he was his mother's main carer following the death of his dad when he was 17.

NSPCC Ms Turner said: "He isolated himself from his peers and companions. …

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