Sex abuser jailed after mum told of attack in text message

A boy's text to his mother led to his sex attacker being jailed for four years.

Monday, 22nd January 2018, 10:09 am
Updated Monday, 22nd January 2018, 12:00 pm
Nicholas Thompson.
Nicholas Thompson.

The mum found her son crying on the stairs of their home in Hartlepool.When she asked him what was wrong he told her to switch-on her phone, and he sent her a text disclosing that he had been sexually abused by a man called Nicholas Thompson.She persuaded him to tell the police, who arrested Thompson, 36.Thompson denied he had done anything wrong, but he was found guilty after a three day trial last month at Teesside Crown Court of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.Prosecutor Christine Egerton said Thompson forced the boy to perform a sex act upon him.Thompson denied in interview that he had acted in that way.Miss Egerton said that the boy's mother had made a victim impact statement about how he had been affected.Robin Denny, defending, said that mitigation in Thompson's case was limited because of his denials, but he was being sentenced for a single momentary act.Thompson, of St Anns Court, Hartlepool, was jailed for four years with a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and he was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

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The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court
The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court