Man who had sexual activity with young teenage girl must complete sex offenders’ programme

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A 24-year-old man who tattooed an underage girl and had sexual activity with her has been ordered to complete a sex offenders’ treatment programme.

Anthony Fordham, aged 24, of Eastbourne Avenue, Corby, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to 10 counts, including one charge of sexual activity with a girl and nine counts of tattooing children under the age of 18.

The court heard Fordham sent a number of Facebook messages to a teenage girl under the age of 16 and met up with her on numerous occasions when he “kissed and cuddled” her.

James McLernon, prosecuting, said two teenage boys and a different teenage girl were tattooed by Fordham, using a homemade kit.

Mr McLernon said, on one occasion, Fordham used the same needle on two of the teenagers.

The investigation into Fordham was conducted by the Northamptonshire Police RISE Child Sexual Exploitation team.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith, sentencing, said: “These children had tattoos done that will scar them for life until they can be removed.

“They were done in an amateurish way. You had no training and you simply did these tattoos because you were asked to.”

Fordham, who has spent the last seven months in custody on remand, was sentenced to a three-year community order, including the sex offenders’ programme and he must complete 125 hours unpaid work.