Sunderland man who had sex with underage girl and posted explicit pictures of her on social media has been jailed

A man who had sex with an underage teen and posted explicit pictures of her onto an Instagram page has been jailed.

Friday, 8th November 2019, 4:15 pm
Updated Friday, 8th November 2019, 5:24 pm
Brad Keegan

Brad Keegan pressured the girl to sleep with him and would "kick off with her" if she refused his sexual demands.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Keegan persuaded the girl to send him explicit images of herself and she "reluctantly did as he asked" but believed he had then deleted them.

Prosecutor Sue Hirst told the court 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.

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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.

Mr Recorder Alistair MacDonald 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.

Richard Herrmann, defending, said Keegan, who was of previous good character, was "successful in education" but has become a recluse because of the proceedings.

Mr Herrmann added: "The person that sits behind me in the dock today to be sentenced is, by not least because of the passage of time, a very different person.

"Four years has past, he was a very young adult and he is still a young adult."