May 2010

Jail for man who kissed 13-year-old

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A man has been jailed for two and a half years after admitting engaging in sexual behaviour with a 13-year-old boy.

Preston Crown Court heard Michael Abbott, 22, of Belgrave Court in Leyland, was friendly with the boy and started hugging and kissing him when he was just 12-years-old.

However, the relationship progressed and Abbott and the boy regularly performed sex acts on each other.

Prosecutor Frances McEntee told the court: “The boy states he hadn’t originally been forced but once he came to question whether he wanted to continue there were mild threats issued.

“He had been told by the defendant if he didn’t continue with this behaviour he would tell the boy’s mother and that consequences would follow – what his mother would think of him and that he might be sent away to live with his father.

“The youngster started to tell the defendant he was scared and thought about killing himself.

“In addition to these comments . . there were threats made that he would go on Facebook and reveal what had been going on.”

The boy eventually told his mother what had been happening and Abbott was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child – which Mr McEntee said were sample counts reflecting a pattern of behaviour which lasted over a period of time.

Judge Andrew Woolman sentenced Abbott to two and a half years in prison and made him the subject of a ten year sexual offences prevention order, banning him from having unsupervised contact with youngsters under 16. He will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years.”