Nine years for pervert who preyed on girls

A CONVICTED sex offender from Heckmondwike has been jailed for nine years for abusing two schoolgirls. 

Carl Whitehead, 50, of St James Street, became friends with them through their interest in his pet dog and then groomed them.

Leeds Crown Court heard he topped up the mobile phone of one victim when they visited his home.

A text suggested Whitehead had offered them alcohol despite knowing they were aged 13 and 14 respectively.

He played “truth or dare” with them in which there was kissing, followed by the removal of their clothes and sexual touching by him.

Whitehead, who denied four counts of sexual activity with a child, was found guilty by a jury.

Kirstie Watson, prosecuting, earlier told the court Whitehead had four previous convictions for sex offences.

These were for indecent exposure in 1988, 1989 and 2011, plus gross indecency with a six-year-old child in 1990.

Mathew Harding, for Whitehead, said his client found prison difficult due to bullying.

Recorder Andrew Haslam said a friend of Whitehead had warned him about his behaviour and called police, who repeated the warning.

He added: “I am satisfied you ignored that advice because you wanted to develop an association with both girls, although you knew they were under 16, for the specific reason of taking sexual advantage of them.

“You developed your association with both of these girls on social media such as Facebook and contacted them over their mobile telephones.

“You did that solely for the purpose of satisfying your own sexual desires.

“I am satisfied you groomed these girls for your own sexual purposes.”

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