Tyler Alan Lockhart was banned from having an internet-accessible mobile phone or using social media after committing child sex crimes aged He used an illegally-held mobile phone to contact two girls, arranging to meet one during the coronavirus lockdown. Lockhart admitted three breaches of the order at Carlisle Crown Court.
Last year when he was 17, Lockhart, latterly of Princes Court, Penrith, sent a string of non-sexual texts to a Lancashire-based year-old girl whose concerned parents alerted police, the court heard. While being investigated for that matter, in March this year, Lockhart turned 18 and used fake Facebook names as he identified, targeted and made a friend request to another year-old girl. He sent her "flattering" messages which the court heard were "verging on grooming" and Dirty chats in Portadown then pestered her to meet him.
Wirh exchanging messages and photos on Snapchat, the pair did meet in her north Cumbria village in early April without her parents' knowledge and despite the country being in lockdown. Lockhart was later found by police hiding in the loft of his mother's Carlisle home. A new sexual harm prevention order was also imposed which now bans Lockhart from having any unsupervised contact or communication with unders.
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