teenage paedophile, 19, who used the internet to prey on schoolgirls walks free from court after judge rules he was going through a ‘difficult time’ and would be ‘harmed’ by going to jail
- Kyle Sweet targeted youngsters between the age of 13 and 14 over social media
- The 19-year-old carried out predatory online campaign between 2017 and 2019
- Police detained Sweet at home in Blackpool, Lancashire, in December last year
- Faced up to 14 years jail but was given community order at Preston Crown Court
Kyle Sweet (pictured), 19, faced up to 14 years in jail but was given a community order at Preston Crown Court after admitting causing a child to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual communication with a child
A teenage sex offender who used the internet to prey on schoolgirls has walked free after a judge ruled he was going through a ‘difficult time in his teens’.
Kyle Sweet, 19, targeted three youngsters between the age of 13 and 14 over social media during a predatory online campaign between 2017 and 2019.
He asked them for sexualised videos and sent pictures of his own genitalia, but was eventually discovered when the girls mothers became aware.
Police detained Sweet at his home in Blackpool, Lancashire, in December last year over explicit communications with one victim.
But he targeted the other two girls while officers investigated the online chats. He was rearrested in February and has been in custody since arrest.
At Preston Crown Court, Sweet faced up to 14 years jail after he admitted causing a child to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual communication with a child.
But he was given a three year community order after reports said he had ADHD, was ‘incredibly immature’ and had been pestered for sexual favours by fellow inmates while on remand.
Sweet (left and right) was given a three year community order after reports said he had ADHD, was ‘incredibly immature’ and had been pestered for sexual favours by fellow inmates while on remand
Judge Andrew Woolman told him: ‘You no previous convictions and were clearly in a difficult time in your teens. You are diagnosed with ADHD and the author of your pre-sentence report describes you as ‘incredibly immature.’
‘The author says there are some signs you may be on the autistic spectrum though not enough for a diagnosis.
‘You are an isolated individual and find it difficult finding relationships with people of your own age and that’s perhaps why you tend to approach younger girls.
‘You have had time whilst in prison, some six months or more, to consider the seriousness of what you have done.
‘While in prison you have been pestered for sex by other prisoners. And while prison officers have tried to protect you, they haven not been able to do so completely.’
Sweet asked the girls for sexualised videos and sent pictures of his own genitalia, but was eventually discovered when the girls mothers became aware
The judge went on to say that he had taken some time to ‘reflect’ and had decided the best course of action was to issue a community order instead of imprisonment.
He said: ‘I have taken some time to reflect and decide the best course of action for you and have decided a community order is what best serves both you and the public.
‘You have pleaded guilty and you are very immature and you have some pretty serious personality problems.
‘You have expressed a willingness to work with probation to see if the risk you pose to young girls could be reduced.
‘You were also 18 when this matter started and you are very immature – an 18 year old in some respects who has to be be seen as if they are under 18.
‘Young people when dealt with by the courts should be considered alongside the welfare of that person and the focus should be on the reform of that person.
‘The amount of time you have already spent in prison will have had a sobering effect, and made you realise your behaviour is unacceptable.
‘You are vulnerable in prison and in my view it is now doing you harm, and will now only entrench your anti-social behaviour rather than reform it.’
The court heard Sweet was found to be communicating with a total of four girls aged 13 and 14 between 2017 and 2019.
It was only when the girls mothers became aware that police were involved.
The judge went on to say that Sweet (pictured) had taken some time to ‘reflect’ and had decided the best course of action was to issue a community order instead of imprisonment
Judge Woolman added: ‘You engaged in sexual communications with one 13 year old girl between December 9 to 17, 2017.
‘You received indecent images from her and you engaged in what can only be described as sexual conversations with her.
‘Although you did not receive these images as a direct result of your asking her, you received them as a result of the nature of the conversations you were having with her.
‘Her mother became aware of the relationship you were having with her daughter and spoke to you face-to-face, reminding you of how young her daughter was.
‘On December 22 of that year you were visited by the police and had items of communications seized and analysed.
‘At that time no charges were brought against you but you were obviously made aware of the seriousness of what you were doing by the fact the police had become involved.
‘Then in 2019 you developed a relationship with other young girls of 14. The first of which you had a explicit relationship with over the internet.’
The judge added that he had ‘sexual communications’ with one of the girls, asking her for sex.
He continued: ‘She did send videos of herself but when her mother found out she took over her phone.
‘You then sent similar messages to the phone thinking you were communicating with her when in fact it was her mother.
‘Then other relationships developed with two of that girl’s friends, also 14.’
The judge added: ‘If you break or disobey this community order then you will go back to prison.
‘Whatever sexual needs you have cannot be satisfied by communication with girls who are too young. Do not breach this order or you’ll be in a serious mess.’