July 2021

Snapchat paedophile ‘groomed’ schoolgirl, 14, to send intimate images of herself in underwear

A paedophile “groomed” a schoolgirl on social media before she sent him intimate images of herself in underwear.

Wesley Twizell communicated with the 14-year-old on Snapchat for a number of months last year.

However, his actions only came to light when the girl’s mother “became aware” of the situation.

The 20-year-old appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Friday to face three charges.

The Stockton man pleaded guilty to inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity, making indecent photographs and possessing extreme pornographic images of animals.

Prosecutor Ian Martin told how the “young lady” was speaking to Twizell on social media for a “number of months” until her mother “became aware”.

He said the defendant was fully aware of the schoolgirl’s age and exchanged images on Snapchat.

The girl send Twizell “indecent images of herself to him” on the social media platform.

The Middlesbrough court heard how the girl told police officers she had sent Twizell images in her underwear.

Twizell also told her he “wanted to do sexual stuff with her”.

Mr Martin added there as “grooming to some degree” and “contact for a degree of time”.

Twizell admitted inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity, namely the sending of intimate images, between August 1, last year, and January 18.

He also pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs, including having four category C images of a child.

Both crimes were committed in Stockton during the same dates.

Twizell also admitted to possessing extreme pornographic images portraying an act of intercourse with an animal between March 31 and September 28, last year.

He had six “explicit” images which portrayed a person performing an act of intercourse with a live animal, namely a dog and a chicken.

Twizell, of Bedford Street, Stockton, will appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court for sending on July 27 and was granted conditional bail.

He will also be subject to notification requirements following his guilty pleas.