Dad told girl aged 15: I want to sleep with you


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AMY WALKER

A MAN­AG­ING di­rec­tor who runs an £8m tech­nol­ogy firm has been or­dered to get treat­ment on a sex of­fender pro­gramme after he was caught us­ing Snapchat to tar­get young girls.

Mar­ried fa­ther-of-two Austin Kitchen, 36, swapped ex­plicit mes­sages with three vic­tims on the so­cial me­dia plat­form dur­ing which he posed as a 25-year-old man and showed off pic­tures of his lux­ury Tesla and BMW cars.

One im­pres­sion­able girl of 15 was bom­barded with com­pli­ments on a daily ba­sis and show­ered with gifts by Kitchen who told her ‘you look re­ally hot’ adding: “I want to sleep with you, bend you over and throw you on the bed.” He told an­other girl aged 14 she had ‘nice boobs.’

Kitchen, boss of fam­ily-run Velden En­gi­neer­ing in Bolton, was ar­rested after the hor­ri­fied fa­ther of one of the girls dis­cov­ered ex­plicit mes­sages while check­ing his daugh­ter’s phone.

One mes­sage by Kitchen read: “Is it wrong that I find the idea of you in a school uni­form a turnon?’

Po­lice later searched the busi­ness­man’s mo­bile phone and found a one hour 14 minute long ex­plicit video of an­other uniden­ti­fied girl, aged be­tween 15 and 17.

In a state­ment, the 15-year old vic­tim’s mother said: “She was a bright child who wanted to do well in life and had dreams and as­pi­ra­tions for the future – but this has had a dis­tress­ing im­pact on her.

“She has strug­gled in school and could not do well with the stress of the ex­ams due to the thought of hav­ing to stand up in court in front of strangers.

“She had to seek pro­fes­sional help after she said she didn’t want to live any more and she said she was self­harm­ing. We as a fam­ily feel this sit­u­a­tion will have a last­ing af­fect on her.’’ At Bolton Crown Court, Kitchen, from Hor­wich, ad­mit­ted in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, en­gag­ing in sex­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion with a child and pos­sess­ing in­de­cent images of chil­dren.

He was given a 10-month jail sen­tence, sus­pended for two years, after he said he was ad­dress­ing his ‘is­sues.’ He has been forced to live away from his part­ner of 20 years and their two daugh­ters since his ar­rest.

The in­ci­dents oc­curred be­tween April and Novem­ber 2017 after IT ex­pert Kitchen took over as MD from his fa­ther at the fam­ily-run firm.

Of­fi­cers later li­aised with col­leagues in Hamp­shire who said Kitchen had also been com­mu­ni­ca­tion with two girls from the south. Steven Swift, de­fend­ing, said: “He is some­one who finds it very, very dif­fi­cult to talk to or dis­cuss the sub­stance of the al­le­ga­tions. He is tak­ing steps and try­ing to ad­dress his think­ing and there has been no fur­ther of­fend­ing of the last two and a half years. As a re­sult of the of­fences he is liv­ing with his par­ents.’’ Sen­tenc­ing Judge Richard Gioser­ano said: “You were en­gaged in groom­ing be­hav­iour, in par­tic­u­lar the use and prom­ise of gifts to en­cour­age those girls to in­ter­act with you. There was a sig­nif­i­cant dis­par­ity in age and you lied about your true age.

“There is lit­tle you, or I, can do to re­pair the emo­tional harm to those girls.

“I have reser­va­tions about your gen­uine re­morse.”

Kitchen was also or­dered to com­plete 200 hours un­paid work, abide by a Sex­ual Harm Pre­ven­tion Or­der for five years and sign the Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­is­ter for 10 years.

He was also or­dered to pay pros­e­cu­tion costs of £1,800.

Mes­sage sent by Austin Kitchen to girl, 15

Austin Kitchen ar­riv­ing at court

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