Burnley rock singer given community punishment for sending naked massage text (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Burnley rock singer given community punishment for sending naked massage text
A BURNLEY rock singer who asked a 12-year-old girl to give him a naked massage after telling her he was in a band to impress her, has been given community punishment.
Nicholas Waite, 21, lead singer with Sahara, had met the girl, who told him she was 14, while she was wearing her school uniform.
The pair had exchanged more than 800 messages over six weeks on Facebook and in one of them he said he needed a naked massage from the girl and her friend. Waite was found out after the girl's mother saw the messages on her daughter's account on the social networking site, the town's crown court was told.
Waite, who struck when he was 19 or 20, has now been ordered to sign the sexual offenders' register for five years, after admitting inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity. The defendant, of Mary Towneley Fold, Burnley, received a community order with six months supervision and must do 80 hours unpaid work.
Martin Hackett, prosecuting, said communication began taking place before Christmas 2011. The charge related to mid January 2012.
The girl was interviewed by police and described meeting the defendant.
She said they went for a drive and said he had bought her a make-up box as a present and on occasions bought her cigarettes. She said they had talked on Facebook and she knew he was 19 or 20. At one point, she told Waite she was 14.
Mr Hackett said police examined the Facebook contact and found a lot of messages between Waite and the girl.
The prosecutor said Waite and the girl appeared to have had a tiff. He then messaged her: "I didn't mean to have a go at you before. You have to bear in mind that I am under a lot of pressure and I am stressed to the max with the band and it's only going to get worse. I need a massage, a naked one."
The prosecutor said the defendant had, on previous occasions, told the girl he was in a band. He continued: "The Crown say that this is concerning. That was placed before the complainant in such a way as to impress her."
The prosecutor said Waite was questioned by police last February 22 and made various denials. He admitted he had picked the girl up. He told officers he first saw her sitting on a wall in her school uniform. He claimed she said she was doing her GCSEs and that she told him she was 16. Waite said the messages were just 'banter' and nothing was meant by it. The defendant had no previous convictions.
Paul Lewis, for Waite, had told the court 844 messages were exchanged between the pair. He said the 'significant majority' of them did not have any sexual innuendo or connotations.
Judge Beverley Lunt said it was not a grooming case and Waite was not a sexual predator. Nothing actually happened.
The judge said she was sentencing for 'one wholly inappropriate' Facebook message.
Judge Lunt added: "You need to start working for the benefit of the community instead of spending time uselessly on a computer."