Pervert jailed for ‘grooming’ and raping boy

Nicholas Geddes
Nicholas Geddes

A paedophile was jailed for 15 years after his nationwide abuse was revealed following the rape of a Long Eaton boy.

A court heard that the 13-year-old was lured to a hotel room by Nicholas Geddes, who had made contact with dozens of schoolboys over the internet.

University graduate Geddes, 24, was convicted of rape, the attempted rape of a boy aged 15 and several counts of sexual activity with under-16s.

Judge John Burgess described the rape victim as “sexually naive” and someone who was lured away from his family by the offender.

“He quite clearly was not comfortable. He said no to sexual activity but you kept on raping him,” added the judge at Derby Crown Court.

Geddes, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, was banned for life from using social networks and from unsupervised contact with boys under the age of 16.

Gareth Roberts (defending), said: “He (Geddes) is a young man who comes before the court suitably and properly ashamed.

“There is extreme remorse and regret to each of the young men and boys he has harmed.”

Grace Hale (prosecuting), said Geddes groomed boys online and then sent them “explicit sexual photographs” of himself, asking them to email pictures of themselves.

He then “encouraged, pestered and pressured them into meeting in hotel rooms in the weekends,” she said.

After the case, the Long Eaton boy’s mother said it highlighted dangers to young people in the age of the internet.

“He tells me that he felt stupid and knows he should not have gone with a stranger. We have tried to explain that it was not his fault,” she added.

Det Sgt Steve Shaw, of the child exploitation unit, said: “In this case, the boys were effectively groomed while they were in their own homes. While work is being done by the police and schools to educate parents and children, there is still more to be done to raise awareness.”