October 2017

Paedophile used Xbox Live chat to take over 11-year-old boy’s life and rob him of his childhood

A man who groomed a young boy via online gaming before sexually assaulting him has been caged.

Nathan Hastings took over his victim’s life, after making contact through the Xbox Live gaming platform, with a 16-month campaign of ‘controlled abuse’.

The 26-year-old had such a damaging impact on the boy’s life that he ‘prevented him from enjoying his childhood’.

Hastings first contacted his victim in 2014, then started travelling to Manchester on a daily basis to visit him.

He manipulated the boy, who was only 11-years-old at the time, and dominated his life to the point that he felt isolated from his friends and family.

He also sexually assaulted the young victim on two occasions.

Hastings, of Tatton Road, Crewe, was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on Friday, October 20, to four years in prison after being found guilty of grooming and two counts of sexually assaulting a child.