A MUSICIAN who had sex with underage fans of his band has been put behind bars.
Adam Leddra “enjoyed the adoration” of his young followers and had sex with two 15-year-olds he separately invited to his home.
At the time, the 20-year-old, who has since turned 21, was already on the sex offenders’ register, after being caught with an indecent picture of a 13-year-old girl on his phone and given a caution.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Leddra was jailed for 20 months.
Judge Robert Adams told him: “You were advised by those involved with the register to avoid contact with girls under 16, a piece of advice you blatantly ignored.
“It appears you met these girls as a result of a social circle centred around music, following a particular band.
“The families of both girls feel their young daughters were taken advantage of by you.”
Leddra, of Sulgrave Road, Washington, pleaded guilty to two charges of having sexual activity with a child in relation to both girls.
The offences took place between November last year and January.
Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court Leddra was aware of the ages of his victims and had warned one to say nothing or he could be “put behind bars”.
Neither of the girls were sexually experienced. Amanda Rippon, defending, said Leddra enjoyed the “kudos” of being in a band and enjoyed the attention, despite having an older girlfriend.
Miss Rippon said: “These young ladies followed that band.
“It was a following of very older males, who enjoyed the adoration of younger, teenage girls. These girls followed his band, older girls followed his band.
“He was in a relationship with an older woman at the time. He is a keen musician.”
Miss Rippon said while the girls were too young to consent by law, they were not forced into doing anything by Leddra.
Leddra must sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and abide by the terms of a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.