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Great Bentley pervert who groomed young girls handed suspended sentence
A pervert who lied about his age on a dating app to groom young girls has been handed a suspended sentence.
Archie Stulpa-McCullum admitted sexually assaulting a girl aged ten, causing a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of attempting to meet girls under 16 after grooming and one charge of making indecent photographs of children.
At Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Stulpa-McCullum, 20, was sentenced to 21 months in a youth detention centre, suspended for two years.
David Wilson, prosecuting, told the court Stulpa-McCullum, of Abrey Close, Great Bentley, used a dating app called Yellow to initiate contact with his victims, who were aged 12 to 16.
On the app he listed his age as 16 or 17, meaning he was able to talk to and message girls under 18. He was 18 at the time.
Mr Wilson said: “He told one of his victims there was ‘something attractive’ about taking risks with their age and the conversation continued whilst the prospect of meeting up was discussed.”
His conversations with the girls quickly moved from the dating app onto Snapchat, where Stulpa-McCullum exchanged nude photos with them.
The sexual assault took place when Stulpa-McCullum was 17.
Michael Levy, mitigating, told the court Stulpa-McCullum had spent his life dealing with “serious health conditions”.
“At the age of three he was diagnosed with kidney cancer and since then he has had a non-stop conveyor belt of difficulties.
“He was on the transplant list waiting for a heart and lung transplant but it was felt he would not be able to deal with them.
“Recently he was found to have spots on his liver and it looks like a new avenue of difficulty has been discovered,” he added.
Judge Rupert Overbury said his health conditions put Stulpa-McCullum’s offending “in some context” but he knew what he was doing was wrong.
He added: “You are troubled by your own mortality and struggling to fit into the world. It is fortunate the only face-to-face contact you had was with one victim.”
Stulpa-McCullum will complete 60 days rehabilitation, 29 sessions of a sexual offending programme and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention order for ten years.
Great Bentley pervert admits string of sex offences against children
A man has admitted a string of sex offences against children
Archie Stulpa-McCullum admitted sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 on August 5, 2015. At the time of the offence he was 17-years-old.
He also admitted inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity without penetration and two counts of attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following grooming.
These three offences took place between May 23 and June 6, 2017, when Stulpa-McCullum, now 20, was over the age of 18 and legally classed as an adult.
He also admitted making indecent photographs of children.
One category B image and two category C images were found on his laptop.
The offences are understood to relate to four different victims.
Stulpa-McCullum, of Abrey Close, Great Bentley, was charged following an investigation by Suffolk Police’s Cybercrime Team.
At the hearing at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, he also denied two charges of causing a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity by exchanging sexual photographs and images and one charge of making indecent images of children relating to six images on a mobile phone.
The prosecution decided not to pursue a conviction on these charges and they will lie on file.
Addressing Stulpa-McCullum in the dock, Judge Martyn Levett said: “I am adjourning sentencing until Monday, December 10.
“If you do not turn up I will set up a warrant for your arrest.
“There are a considerable number of conditions on your bail which say you do not contact certain girls, if you do not abide by these conditions you are liable to be sentenced for breaching your bail terms as well.”
Stulpa-McCallum has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register