March 2020

South Shields 26-year-old jailed for sexually assaulting underage girl

A South Shields man has been jailed for grooming and then sexually assaulting an underage girl.

Thomas Sweeney, of Prince Edward Road, South Shields, was sentenced to 19 months behind bars for the sexual assault of a girl.

Mr Sweeney, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and meeting a child following sexual grooming at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday, January 13.

He was given a 19-month prison sentence by the judge on Monday, March 16.