September 2013

Wyke man admits sex with schoolgirls he met via Facebook

A 20-year-old man contacted underage schoolgirls on Facebook and had sex with them, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.

Thomas Lancaster was 17 and 18, but looked much younger, when he took advantage of three 14-year-old girls.

Lancaster, of St Mary’s Crescent,Wyke, Bradford, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with the teenagers.

Prosecutor Andrew Kershaw said he told the first girl he was 15 and in year nine at school.

They went to the cinema and on shopping trips but the relationship ended after the girl’s mother caught them having sex.

Lancaster met the second girl on Facebook and they knew one another’s ages, the court was told.

The relationship was finished by the girl because she found Lancaster possessive and controlling.

Lancaster also met the third girl through Facebook. He undressed her in his bedroom and “rather imposed himself on her,” Mr Kershaw said. She went home distressed and Lancaster was arrested after her mother questioned her.

Mr Kershaw said the third victim’s education was disrupted, she was socially withdrawn and she needed counselling.

Lancaster’s barrister, Sarah Barlow, said he was very immature.

Judge Colin Burn sentenced Lancaster to 21 months in a young offender institution, suspended for two years, with supervision.

He must attend the probation service’s Sex Offender Treatment Programme and register with the police as a sex offender for ten years.

Judge Burn made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning Lancaster from contacting his victims and from having unsupervised contact with girls under 16.