A 26-YEAR-OLD paedophile has been jailed for posing as a teenager on a social networking site to groom an underage girl for sex.
Jack Tremlett sent the 14-year-old a video of himself performing an indecent act, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
The convicted sex offender, pretending to be a 17-year-old on Facebook, also urged her to send pictures of herself naked and tried to arrange a meeting.
Judge Paul Darlow jailed him for four years and seven months.
He said: “You inveigled your way on to a 14-year-old’s website, posing as much younger person. I have no doubt you pose a significant risk of serious harm by the commission of further sexual offences.”
Tremlett, of Martin Street, Stonehouse, admitted attempting to arrange a meeting with a girl under the age of 16 intending to commit a sexual offence in September last year.
He also pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual activity in the presence of a child during the same month.
Tremlett finally admitted breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which banned him from using social media to contact girls.
Julia Cox, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the defendant sent a friend request to the 14-year-old via Facebook.
She said he posed as a 17-year-old and gave a false name.
Miss Cox added she accepted his request and he obtained her mobile phone number.
She said they chatted innocently at first, but then he repeatedly asked her to send naked pictures of herself.
The court heard she responded by sending a picture of the top half of her body, but with her breasts covered.
Miss Cox said Tremlett made an indecent suggestion and then sent the girl a video of himself performing a sexual act.
She added he asked to meet but she declined.
The court heard Tremlett was jailed for 30 months at Exeter Crown Court in September 2011 for 16 child sex offences, including inciting a child under 16 to engage in a sexual act. The Sexual Offences Prevention Order was also imposed.
Tremlett was released in November 2012 and committed the new offences on prison licence and while undergoing sex offender treatment.
McKenzie Robinson, for Tremlett, said: “He had been released from prison. He was isolated from family and friends and allowed himself to be obsessed with his thoughts.
“At the end of the day, there is little to add. This is a young man who fell prey to temptation. He knows he is facing a custodial sentence of some length.”
Facing prison for child porn and sex offences
AN Exeter man has been warned he is probably going to prison for sexual offences and possessing more than 100 indecent images of children.
Jack Tremlett, 24, of Fox Road, Beacon Heath, admitted seven charges when he appeared before Exeter Crown Court.
He admitted five offences of causing or inciting a girl under 16 to engage in sexual activity in the city last year.
He also admitted a charge of possessing 130 indecent images of a child in August last year.
Those images were graded at level one, which is the least offensive of the potential range of indecent images of children.
Tremlett also admitted a second charge of possessing indecent videos of a child. These were 15 at level one, four at level two, one at level three and five at level four – one grade down from the most severe rating.
He denied five offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in prostitution or pornography last year.
Prosecutor Richard Crabb said Tremlett was taking full responsibility for his actions.
“They are acceptable pleas,” said Mr Crabb. “The pleas reflect the full culpability. We will invite the court probably to enter not guilty verdicts.”
Mr Crabb did not tell the court about any circumstances of the case at this stage or whether the images had been downloaded from the internet.
Defence counsel Nigel Wraith said Tremlett had no criminal record and realised he was probably going to prison.
“He’s under no illusions, as to the likely outcome of this case,” said Mr Wraith, asking for bail to be continued.
“He needs an opportunity to prepare himself for the inevitable. He is of previous good character.”
Judge Stephen Wildblood QC said he would release the defendant on bail but would make the conditions tougher by adding an electronically tagged curfew.
The judge said: “He’s now pleaded guilty to offences that are, on my understanding, bound to carry a custodial sentence, so he should be under no illusion.”
He told Tremlett: “I continue your bail but tighten it up slightly.”
The current bail conditions will continue, for the defendant to live at Fox Road and not to contact named witnesses.
He was also now given a curfew to stay at home between 8pm to 6am.