Widnes man caged for eight years for sexual activity with girls.
A WIDNES man has been caged after being sentenced for sexual activity with two teenage girls.
Louis Condron, 20, of Lewis Crescent, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Monday, December 19.
He was sentenced by Judge Patrick Thompson to eight years in a young offenders institute and will spend another four years on licence.
The defendant was sentenced for four counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).
John Williams, prosecuting, told the court that the defendant was sent to a young offenders institute for 18 months in February 2014 and breached an order which prohibited him from contacting girls under the age of 16 following his release.
Mr Williams said that there were two victims in the case and both were teenage girls.
For the first victim, Mr Williams described three instances where Condron had sexual activity with the girl, Mr Williams said that before one of the meetings, the defendant ‘threatened’ to tell the victim’s mother if the girl ‘did not meet him’.
The prosecution said that Condron was in contact with the second victim over social media before having sexual activity with her in October 2015.
When he was initially arrested by police in December last year, Mr Williams said Condron ‘denied having any contact’ with either of the victims. Extracts from a pre-sentence report read out in court by the prosecution said that the document’s author described Condron as having ‘highly distorted, sexualised attitudes and beliefs’.
Mr Williams said that one of the victims has ‘emotional scars’ and has had ‘panic attacks’.
The prosecution added that the case has ‘many aggravating features’ which included previous convictions, the ‘disparity’ in age between the defendant and his victims, threats, as well as ‘exploitation and grooming’.
Steven Nikolich, defending, said that his client is ‘remorseful’.
He said that Condron has ‘felt suicidal’ and has also self harmed, but said that they are ‘long standing issues’.
Mr Nikolich also claimed that his client told him he has been a victim of a sexual assault while in custody, adding that Condron had also been a victim of another sexual assault when he was a child himself.
Mr Nikolich said: “The defendant accepts the Crown’s case.
“He has shown the shortfalls of youth.”
He added that Condron showed an ‘apparent unwillingness’ to discuss the offences or his behaviour with the pre-sentence report’s author and said that his client will ‘have to address these issues to make any progress at all’ on a sexual offenders treatment course in prison.
The judge told Condron that he will serve at least two thirds of the initial eight years sentence in custody and made a SOPO without a time limit.