July 2020

Man admits sexual activity with 14-year-old girl after grooming her online

A man has admitted sexual activity with a child after grooming her online.

Rhys Brandon Arnold appeared at Mold Crown Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual activity and a charge of meeting the girl following sexual grooming.

The offences are said to have taken place when the girl was 14.

During the brief hearing, the 20-year-old, of Richard Close, Castlefields, Runcorn, spoke only to confirm his name and to enter his pleas to the four charges he faces.

Judge Niclas Parry adjourned the sentence so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared.

He said the defendant would be given significant credit when sentenced for his early guilty plea.

Arnold was granted bail until the sentencing hearing at Mold Crown Court on Thursday, September 3.