June 2013

Grimsby man jailed for grooming underage girl

A TEENAGE girl was repeatedly “corrupted” by a sex offender who traded hundreds of explicit text messages with her.

He had previously had underage sex with another teenage girl but failed to learn from his mistakes, a court heard.

Kristian East, 22, of Earl Street, Grimsby, admitted inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity between September 23 and October 2.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that East’s actions came to light after an investigation into another man, who had groomed and had sex with a 14-year-old girl.

The teenager’s mobile phone was searched and details of East were found.

There were 466 sexually explicit text messages and East was aware the girl was school-age.

They had met while bowling in Cleethorpes and she added him as a Facebook friend. East had a previous conviction from January 2009, involving having sex with a 13-year-old girl in Weelsby Woods. Charlotte Baines, mitigating, said East knew full well that the girl was underage.

He had been suffering difficulties because of the “devastating” break-up of his engagement to a woman.

His emotional difficulties “spiralled out of control”.

Judge David Tremberg told East: “Most people learn from their mistakes. Most people learn from experience.

“There is beginning to develop a most unhealthy pattern of behaviour.”

East traded text messages that were of a “wholly inappropriate sexual nature” and encouraged the girl to send him indecent photographs.

“You well knew that she was too young, but that was a risk you were prepared to take,” said Judge Tremberg.

“I regard this as a case of persistent and serious grooming by an adult male who had been warned about such behaviour.

“You knew what you were doing was wrong.”

East wanted to satisfy his own “short-term sexual needs” and put his needs above those of the girl.

He “corrupted” her further but did not coerce her, said Judge Tremberg.

East was jailed for six months and was given a seven-year sexual offences prevention order. He must register as a sex offender for seven years.