Facebook linked to North East teenage sex case

A TEENAGE girl met a man for sex after he contacted her on Facebook, a court heard.

A TEENAGE girl met a man for sex after he contacted her on Facebook, a court heard.

Christian Selkirk denies having sex with a child between April and June 2011.

But the teenage girl yesterday told Durham Crown Court that they met after the 23-year-old asked her be his “friend” on the social networking site. Selkirk, of St Cuthbert’s Avenue, Chester-le-Street, is standing trial alongside Daniel Cochrane, 36, of Corsair, Whickham, Gateshead, who denies inciting a child to engage in a sexual activity by encouraging her to send explicit messages.

The girl, now 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in the court via video link yesterday to give her evidence.

Julie Clemitson, prosecuting, told the jury that Cochrane was “effectively having text sex or phone sex” with the girl.

The girl said she and Cochrane began texting soon after her 15th birthday and that the texts “almost straight away became sexual”.

She said she knew he was “in his 30s” but still sent him photos of herself “in my underwear” while he in turn sent her explicit photos of himself.

The girl told the jury that she met Cochrane once and the pair went for a drive “down the industrial estate”. She admitted she expected to have sex with him, but Cochrane only kissed her, adding: “Dan didn’t want it to happen because he said I was too young.”

The girl said she had earlier had a sexual relationship with Selkirk for a couple of months, during which time she feared she had become pregnant, although those fears later proved unfounded.

She said the pair first had sex shortly before her 15th birthday.

“Christian has always known my age,” the girl said. “I told him my 15th birthday was coming up.

“Christian has taken me to school in my uniform.”

She told the court that the pair met after Selkirk asked to be her Facebook friend and that they soon began having sex.

“We had sex most times when we met, two or three times a week, in his car or outside, once at his house,” she told the court.The hearing continues.


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