Cumbria

Kirkby Stephen circus performer incited boy over sex act

A circus performer has admitted inciting a 14-year-old boy to perform a sex act over the internet.

Christopher Hodder, 27, of Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court to two charges of inciting the boy to engage in sexual activity.

He has been placed on the sex offenders register.

A prosecution lawyer described the offences as "grooming the boy on Facebook".

Hodder was remanded on bail for background reports and will be sentenced on 13 June.

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