Man sent to young offender’s institute for sexual communication with child

A man has been sent to a young offenders’ institute after he admitted sexual communications with a young girl.

Steven Charles Harrison, of Clwyd Street in Rhyl, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old had previously admitted four offences including sexual communication with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity by committing a sex act as well as by sending indecent photographs of themselves, and causing a child to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.

James Coutts, prosecuting, told the court Harrison told the young girl he was 19 and was made aware of her age, but their conversations became sexual with Harrison sending her numerous photos of his genitals, as well as videos of him committing a sex act on himself.

He asked her to send sexual photos of herself to him.

The court heard Harrison asked to meet her on around 25 occasions – but she refused.

Mr Coutts said the offences made the victim upset and worried, with her withdrawing from family and friends and her school life being affected.

Judge Nicola Jones told Harrison: “At all times you knew her age.

“There was an element of grooming as part of the offending.

Judge Jones handed him an immediate sentence of three years in a young offenders’ institute and made him the subject of a five year sexual harm prevention order.