Man engaged in sexual acts with ‘vulnerable’ 13-year-old

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A 25-year-old man engaged in sexual acts with a “vulnerable” 13-year-old girl in his Derry city centre flat, a court has heard.

Robert Hill, whose address was given on court papers as Brook Street, Coleraine, pleaded guilty to two charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child and doing a sexual act in the presence of a child. The charges relate to an incident on June 10, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard Hill met the teenage girl on a social networking site and prior to meeting her in person, sent her a photograph of his genitals. They then met in his city centre flat and lay on his bed kissing. He also touched her chest and genitalia, before masturbating in her presence.

The court heard Hill was interviewed and admitted sending her the sexually explicit photograph, however said he had been encouraged by the teenage girl to do so. He also claimed that he believed the girl was over 16 and said she had intitiated most of the contact between them.

It was revealed to the court the victim was already a “vulnerable young lady” with “long standing problems” and the incident with Hill has “exacerbated” these.

The prosecutor said it was accepted by the crown that the girl was “very much infatuated” by the 25-year-old and she did instigate much of the contact between them. Judge Piers Grant adjourned sentencing until next month. Hill was remanded in custody and will appear in court in Belfast on July 2.