November 2019

Pervert posted explicit pictures of underage girl on Instagram

A pervert who posted explicit pictures on Instagram of an underage teen he had sex with has been locked up.

Brad Keegan persuaded the girl to send revealing photographs of herself and she reluctantly complied but believed he had deleted them

The child was also pressured into sleeping with him and she said he would “kick off” if she refused his demands, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Sue Hirst said it was after the teen fell out with a friend she found out her private pictures were still in existence – and had been made public on social media.

Miss Hirst told the court: “The friend had requested the images from the defendant.

“He sent them to her and she then posted them on social media.

“The complainant and her family became aware of that because her brother saw them.

“The brother informed her father and the matter was reported to the police.

“It transpired, however, the defendant had also posted some of the images on an Instagram page.”

The court heard the Instagram site was reported and taken down from the internet.

In a victim statement, the teen said: “I was frightened because he had the pictures of me and I was scared he would show them. I felt trapped.

“My fears were justified. I fell I have been totally embarrassed and humiliated by him.

Keegan, 23, of Pamersville Square, Sunderland, admitted having sexual activity with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and making indecent images of a child.

The court heard Keegan was 19 when the offences took place but he had told the victim he was two years younger.

Recorder Alistair MacDonald QC sentenced him to five-and-a-half years behind bars with lifelong sex offender registration.

Keegan was given a 10-year restraining order to keep him away from the victim.

The judge told Keegan: “The shocking fact of this matter is that as a result of a fall out between her and one of her friends, the friend, through you, got hold of indecent photographs of her and they were posted on the internet.

“I can’t imagine what distress she must have felt in relation to that.

“But you also posted indecent photographs of her on the internet, which is a vile and wicked thing to do and a very serious element of this offending.”

The judge said “condign punishment” was necessary to prevent this type of offending and deter others who may be tempted.