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Teen’s “very graphic” sex chat with girl breached court order

Carlisle Crown Court

A TEENAGER has been given a suspended prison term after breaching a court order by engaging in “very graphic” sexual chat with a 15-year-old girl.

Ryan Cruden was originally sentenced in 2016 having committed sex offences against a girl aged under 13.

As part of that punishment Cruden, now aged 18, was made subject to the strict terms of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO). This prohibited him from being in contact with any female child aged under 16, including over the internet and through social media.

But within six-and-a-half months, during 2017, Cruden struck up conversation with a 15-year-old girl via the Skype application. This had, prosecutor Gerard Rogerson told Carlisle Crown Court today (WED) become “very sexualised” and was a “deliberate breach” of the SHPO.

Chat which Judge James Adkin called “very graphic” came to light after police seized a laptop from the teenager.

The court heard Cruden, of Chapel Street, Bigrigg, had not committed any offences since, while a probation officer had concluded he would be best managed in the community.

Judge Adkin suspended six months’ detention for two years. Cruden must complete a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement, and an accredited sex offender treatment course. The SHPO remains in force until 2021.

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