Man sentenced for inciting sexual activity with a child

Date published: 30 April 2019 13:39
Dated: 30 April 2019 14:38:11

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to two years in prison today (Tuesday 30 April) after admitting inciting sexual activity with a teenage girl. 

Nathan Armitage, formerly of Osberton Street, Rawmarsh, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today where he was sentenced to two years behind bars. 

He pleaded guilty to inciting sexual activity with a child and a series of attempt breaches of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) at an earlier hearing. 

The court heard how Armitage targeted a 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, online, posing as a teenage girl himself. 

Using this ruse, he befriended the girl and began to send increasingly sexualised content, culminating in him asking his victim to send explicit images. 

He was also convicted of attempted breaches of a SHPO given to him by the courts in 2015. The SHPO had specific conditions not to contact children. 

Armitage was contacting numerous individuals online, whom he thought were girls aged between 12 and 14-years-old, but were actually members of a paedophile-hunting group. 

PC Brett Thompson, the investigating officer, said: “Armitage’s crimes demonstrate his cunning – he planned how he would approach vulnerable teenage girls online, duping them into believing they were talking to a peer, before his true motives became clear and the sexually explicit conversations began. 

“Despite being subject to a SHPO, which gave him specific conditions about not interacting or having unsupervised contact with female children under 16, Armitage continued to behave in a predatory and devious manner. 

“The victim in this case has demonstrated incredible bravery to engage with the police investigation and criminal justice process. Understandably, she finds it difficult to talk about what happened and the impact on her life, and I commend her for her courage and her strength.”

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