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Sex crime entertainer Jason Gaunt 'acted like teenager'

A children's entertainer cannot be sentenced for sex offences against boys until a psychological assessment has taken place, a judge has said.

Jason Gaunt, 22, from Walsall, West Midlands, admitted targeting boys under the age of 16 at a previous hearing.

During mitigation, the court heard that "immature" Gaunt had not understood the seriousness of the offences.

At Guildford Crown Court, Judge Peter Moss ordered psychological reports and said Gaunt was acting like a teenager.

The judge said: "At the age of 22 he is still acting like a 14-year-old.

Holiday park chalet

"I'm much, much more concerned with the long-term future of this defendant. I do not want him back here. I do not want him to commit any offences again."

The judge also said he was "staggered" that no psychological or psychiatric assessment had already been carried out.

Gaunt, of Leander Close, admitted 19 offences involving boys aged between 11 and 14 between 2008 and 2010.

The court heard the offences were committed against young boys he met through his work at holiday parks in Lowestoft, Suffolk, and Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

Gaunt asked one boy who he met at Kessingland Park Resort to perform sex acts in front of a webcam.

When police arrested him, they seized laptops and discovered offences relating to two other boys and found footage of similar incidents.

One film showed Gaunt with one of his victims in the defendant's chalet at Seawick Holiday Park in Clacton-on-Sea.

Officers also found more than 100 indecent images of children.

'Bullied at school'

Defending Gaunt, Kim Jenkins, said her client experienced a difficult childhood and had been seriously scarred in a dog attack at the age of 10.

At secondary school, he became increasingly isolated and withdrawn and was bullied.

She said only one of the incidents involved any physical contact with the boys.

Describing Gaunt as "naive and immature", Ms Jenkins said he had not understood the seriousness of the offences but was remorseful and had paid £800 to attend a 10-hour anti child sex abuse course.

Gaunt has admitted five counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child; two counts of attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child; three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child; six counts of making and possessing indecent images of a child; and one count of attempting to distribute an indecent photo of a child.

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