Man’s lewd online chat with schoolgirl

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A DAD-of-one had a lewd internet chat with a schoolgirl who police had identified as at risk of being sexually exploited.

Michael Tull, 21, of Collingwood Road, Chorley, exposed his private parts via a webcam to the vulnerable youngster on May 25, 2013, Preston Crown Court heard.

He admitted causing a child to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.

Judge Robert Altham said he read letters from members of his family, who were supportive but added: “She was a vulnerable girl. She was in fact being looked into by police because she had been earmarked as someone likely to be sexually exploited - and you did sexually exploit her.

“You are an adult and you are the parent of a daughter of your own. You are a man with a man’s responsibilities, not a child.”

Tull must do 100 hours unpaid work, sign the sex offender’s register for five years and was given a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Tom Lord, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was asking “ASL” meaning age sex and location, and she responded ‘14, female, Liverpool’.

Defending, Beverley Hackett said his plea was “a brave step to a young man...knowing he would have to tell his family, and demonstrates his remorse.”