[A] 14-year-old boy has been sentenced at Carlisle Magistrates court to an 18 month Detention and Training Order for making girls send him indecent images of themselves.
He was also given a four year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.
Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “This young teenage boy committed extremely alarming offences. He targeted young girls in order to coerce them into sending him sexually explicit photographs of themselves and he admitted that he had incited them to engage in sexual activity online.
“When they sent him photographs he ordered even more explicit ones including trying to incite them to involve others in the images and threatened to publish the images he had already received if they did not comply with his demands.
“This case should serve as an example of how serious these sorts of offences are. This was not consensual activity. The defendant bullied and threatened younger girls into doing things that they didn’t want to do and the message is clear in this case: inciting young people under 16 to engage in sexual activity is an offence and we will bring these cases before the courts. I would urge any young person who is being targeted and bullied in this way to tell an adult so that it can be reported to the police.
“The victims in this case have been extremely traumatised by the defendant’s actions and this 14 year old boy has received a criminal record which will now affect the rest of his life.”