Katherine Robinson leading Giles Grant, prosecuted Callum Lewis in a 4-week trial at Hull Crown CourtPark Square Barristers
On 16th April 2021 Lewis was sentenced to 6 years for 11 counts including multiple counts of sexual activity with a child, inciting child sexual activity and producing and possessing indecent images of children under the age of 18.
This complex and wide-ranging investigation involved social media and snap chat evidence as well as a large number of teenage victims and witnesses, many of whom had been greatly affected by the offences.
The offences were committed by Lewis when he was between the age of 16 and 18. Over a period of more than 2 years, he serially contacted girls aged 13-16 whom he knew already, or were friends of friends, on social media, mainly Snapchat. He befriended them, then quickly moved on to sending them pictures of his penis and videos of him masturbating. He would then persistently ask for and at times demand “nudes” in return.
On occasions he would progress to meeting the victims in person, usually getting them alone by offering lifts in his car, and attempt to engage in sexual activity with them, with greater or lesser degrees of success. The most serious offence was count 15, sexual activity with a child, which involved him taking the virginity of a 14-year-old girl in the back of his car when he was 18.
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