May 2016

Prison warning for west Cumbrian child sex offender

A judge has warned a man who committed two child sex crimes that he could be given a prison sentence.

Michael Reid, 26, entered guilty pleas to two charges when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

He admitted causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and meeting a child following sexual grooming.

Reid’s offences were both committed during August last year.

His defence barrister, Kim Whittlestone, asked for the case to be adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

“Having met the defendant today I am of the opinion that medical assistance may be required in this case,” Miss Whittlestone said in her address to Judge Peter Davies.

The court heard that a psychological report would also be commissioned ahead of Reid’s sentencing hearing.

Judge Davies agreed that the comprehensive background information should be gathered.

Reid, of Croadalla Avenue, Egremont, is due to be sentenced on June 17. In the meantime he was released on bail.

But Judge Davies gave him a warning.

The judge told him: “You have pleaded guilty to two serious offences.

“I am going to give you bail.

“But you can’t read into that that there is going to be a non-custodial sentence.

“All options are open.”

Reid was told that before he left the court building he must sign the sex offenders’ register and abide by the notification requirements.