A man who travelled to different parts of the country to have sex with another man and a 13-year-old boy has been jailed for three years.
Matthew Lancashire pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of sexual activity with a child.
The offences date back to 2012, and the other man, Oskar Rogalski, of Ryton-on-Dunsmore, who recruited their young victim, has already been given an extended prison sentence.
Jailing Lancashire, aged 24, now of Queen’s Crescent, Livingstone, in Scotland, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano also ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.
Prosecutor Lee Marklew said Rogalski, who was 19 at the time, was first in contact with the boy on Facebook in March 2012. He then travelled to Cambridge to meet the boy who was on a day trip with his mother, who was led to believe the friendship was platonic and to do with ‘snowboarding and the like’.
She was then persuaded to let the boy visit Rogalski at his home in Warren Field, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, where sexual activity between them first took place as another man watched via a webcam.
And Mr Marklew pointed out that messages were found on Lancashire’s phone which had previously been sent by Rogalski to say he was organising a threesome with a 13-year-old boy.
“The three of them met at Rogalski’s parents’ house, and when that address wasn’t available, Rogalski and Lancashire would take the boy away for weekends around the country to various cities, staying in hotels.”
Rogalski, who was given an extended prison sentence in October 2013 of four years in custody followed by an additional four years on licence, was said to have had sex with the boy on more than five occasions.
Explaining the delay in the case coming to court, Mr Marklew added that it had taken ‘some time’ to trace Lancashire. Referring to psychiatric and criminal justice social reports on Lancashire, his barrister Simon Ward said: “This young man has a difficult and complicated life. Matthew Lancashire should get a sentence which is less severe than his co-accused.
“It was Rogalski who found the boy and befriended him and got my client involved. His was a much more limited involvement.”
But Judge de Bertodano commented: “He was an enthusiastic participant.” Mr Ward said Lancashire had been arrested last year and pleaded guilty at the first crown court hearing, and has had the worry about what was going to happen hanging over him since then.
Mr Ward said: “Prison will be tough for him for all sorts of reasons. He looks very much younger than he is, and is weak and has Crohn’s disease which will make it much more difficult for him in prison.”
Jailing Lancashire, the judge said: “He (the boy) was effectively being preyed on by young men for their own sexual purposes. You committed these offences with someone else, and there was a significant degree of planning.”