A DANGEROUS paedophile who groomed schoolboys across the country on Facebook, forced them to perform sinister acts and sexually abused one 14-year-old boy has been jailed for 13 years.
Kieron Young (26), of St Mary's View, Greasbrough, admitted 13 child sex offences, including meeting the boy at an empty house and abusing him, inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity in front of a child.
Young, who committed some offences while on bail, also admitted to possessing more than 750 indecent images of children.
Judge Roger Thomas QC, sitting at Sheffield Crown Court on November 1, deemed Young's offending so serious he gave imposed a three-year extension to his ten-year jail term.
He said Young, who was cautioned in 2008 for possessing child porn images, posed "a significant risk of serious harm".
Katherine Goddard, prosecuting, said Young sexually abused a 14-year-old Rotherham boy at an empty house in Wingfield in 2010 after grooming him on Facebook.
The victim reported the abuse to police in March 2016 and when he was arrested Young was found with 24 child porn images.
Ms Goddard said: "The incident troubled the complainant for many years, he was unable to deal with it, became depressed and would cry when alone at night."
In his victim impact statement, which was read to the court, the boy said he had failed his exams as he could not concentrate and had been unemployed since leaving education.
The court heard Young also forced a 13-year-old boy, from Derbyshire, to perform sex acts and to strip naked in April 2014 after pretending to be a girl.
He revealed his true identity to him and tried to encourage him to meet at Meadowhall, Ms Goddard said, but the boy's mum found her son naked in front of a live Skype call.
Young was traced and arrested the same month but gave a no comment interview.
In May 2016, Young contacted a 12-year-old boy in the Avon and Somerset area under the same guise and forced the boy to carry out similar acts.
"The boy agreed, but then demands from Young became more extreme," she said.
"He asked the boy if he knew any younger girls or children and encouraged the boy to take pictures of himself with his baby sister.
"The boy complied and took a picture of himself placing his penis through the bars of the cot where his sister was lying."
In November, 2016, he contacted a 12-year-old Scarborough boy on Facebook, again posing as a young girl, and forced him to send indecent images.
He also asked him to urinate and defecate on his bed.
Young was arrested for the May and November 2016 offences in January this year and was found with 755 child porn images.
In March this year, he asked a 15-year-old Northamptonshire boy to send pictures of his younger siblings via Facebook.
Young was again traced through his internet provider and arrested on June 9.
The judge ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life and he was made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
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