Teen sex offender jailed for 10 years

The Argus: Christopher Mancini, 19, of Pierpoint Close, Hurstpierpoint Christopher Mancini, 19, of Pierpoint Close, Hurstpierpoint

A teenager who groomed and sexually assaulted 13 boys over seven years has been jailed for a decade and ordered to remain on licence for a further eight years.

West Sussex County Council launched a Serious Case Review (SCR) after Christopher Mancini was convicted of 49 counts including rape and sexual assault.

Mancini, now 19, told the youngsters he would “out” them as gay unless they fulfilled his sexual demands.

Judge Richard Hayward, sentencing Mancini at Lewes Crown Court yesterday, said the teenager operated using “a combination of bribes and threats”.

He described the seven years Mancini attacked boys as “an established period of grooming and offending.”

Describing details of one attack, he said: “You held a BB gun to his head and told him to [touch] you.”

He also revealed how Mancini set up a fake Facebook profile under the name of Louise, described in court as a “pretty young woman” to make contact with some of his victims.

‘Louise’ added victims as ‘friends’ and ordered them to send degrading pictures of themselves which many of the youngsters did. 

Judge Hayward said: “One victim said he felt trapped.

“You obtained images of them over the internet and threatened to ‘out’ them.”

Describing Mancini as “manipulative and coercive”, he said the impact the abuse had on the victims was huge.

He said: “The part of their lives that should have been exciting and fun will be looked back at with embarrassment and misery.”

Gillian Etherton QC, prosecuting, said: “They [the victims] desperately don’t want to talk about it any more.”

Vincent Loughlin QC, defending, admitted there was “very little mitigation” with regards to Mancini.

Stuart Gallimore, West Sussex County Council’s director of Children’s Services, said: “West Sussex County Council is pleased by the result of the court case and recognises the harm and distress caused to these young people.

“A Serious Case Review is now being undertaken by the West Sussex Local Safeguarding Children’s Board as the protection of children is an absolute priority for us.”

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said: “Mancini operated by targeting often vulnerable young boys in the area where he lived, whilst he himself was aged between 14 and 18.

“Once we received the information in 2012, our enquiries revealed further offending, resulting in the charges and Mancini’s conviction and sentencing.”

Mancini, of Pierpoint Close, Hurstpierpoint, was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and was subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

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12:23pm Sat 25 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

He should have got life at least or preferably IMO the death sentence.
He should have got life at least or preferably IMO the death sentence. getThisCoalitionOut

1:16pm Sat 25 Jan 14

somethlngsarejustwrong says...

the persons who he learned the behaviour from, and the persons who allowed this to go on for seven years, should also be punished.
the persons who he learned the behaviour from, and the persons who allowed this to go on for seven years, should also be punished. somethlngsarejustwrong

6:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

The Real Phil says...

Considering the number and seriousness of the offences he does seem to have got away with it really with such a light sentence.
Considering the number and seriousness of the offences he does seem to have got away with it really with such a light sentence. The Real Phil

8:12pm Sat 25 Jan 14

tisbury says...

The guy was a child himself when he committed these crimes. Where were his parents/teachers/soc
ial workers during that time? He clearly needs psychiatric help more than prison.
The guy was a child himself when he committed these crimes. Where were his parents/teachers/soc ial workers during that time? He clearly needs psychiatric help more than prison. tisbury

10:27am Sun 26 Jan 14

mimseycal says...

I must admit to being tempted to ask what was happening in his life? However there comes a time when we all have to accept responsibility for our own actions and even at 14 you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong.

Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual?
I must admit to being tempted to ask what was happening in his life? However there comes a time when we all have to accept responsibility for our own actions and even at 14 you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual? mimseycal

2:37pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

'Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual?'

Perhaps because despite legislation and social change there is still a stigma attached to it; more fundamentally there is still the ever present threat of violence.
'Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual?' Perhaps because despite legislation and social change there is still a stigma attached to it; more fundamentally there is still the ever present threat of violence. Old Ladys Gin

3:45pm Sun 26 Jan 14

julesgemini says...

Old Ladys Gin wrote:
'Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual?'

Perhaps because despite legislation and social change there is still a stigma attached to it; more fundamentally there is still the ever present threat of violence.
This is very true. It also doesnt help with countries like Russia where it seems Vladimir Putin assumes all gay are peodofiles!
[quote][p][bold]Old Ladys Gin[/bold] wrote: 'Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual?' Perhaps because despite legislation and social change there is still a stigma attached to it; more fundamentally there is still the ever present threat of violence.[/p][/quote]This is very true. It also doesnt help with countries like Russia where it seems Vladimir Putin assumes all gay are peodofiles! julesgemini

7:23pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

mimseycal wrote:
I must admit to being tempted to ask what was happening in his life? However there comes a time when we all have to accept responsibility for our own actions and even at 14 you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong.

Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual?
Would you be happy to be 'outed' as homosexual when you were straight? (and when you were 14). What a bizarre question!?!?!
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: I must admit to being tempted to ask what was happening in his life? However there comes a time when we all have to accept responsibility for our own actions and even at 14 you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual?[/p][/quote]Would you be happy to be 'outed' as homosexual when you were straight? (and when you were 14). What a bizarre question!?!?! Quiterie

7:27pm Sun 26 Jan 14

whoee! says...

Disgusting filthy pervert.They should castrate him while awake and then put him down like the scum of the earth he is.How can anyone sympathise with him??? Filthy pervert scumbags
Disgusting filthy pervert.They should castrate him while awake and then put him down like the scum of the earth he is.How can anyone sympathise with him??? Filthy pervert scumbags whoee!

7:53pm Sun 26 Jan 14

mimseycal says...

Quiterie wrote:
mimseycal wrote:
I must admit to being tempted to ask what was happening in his life? However there comes a time when we all have to accept responsibility for our own actions and even at 14 you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong.

Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual?
Would you be happy to be 'outed' as homosexual when you were straight? (and when you were 14). What a bizarre question!?!?!
I expect it is attitudes such as yours added to the peer pressure of hormonally charged teens within a society that views sexuality as a measure of success ... provided your sexuality actually conforms to the prevailing modes.

I'd forgotten how all invasive that communal drum beat can be. Maybe because I've always marched to my own beat.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: I must admit to being tempted to ask what was happening in his life? However there comes a time when we all have to accept responsibility for our own actions and even at 14 you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Another worrying insight ... why should young children be so scared of being 'outed' as homosexual?[/p][/quote]Would you be happy to be 'outed' as homosexual when you were straight? (and when you were 14). What a bizarre question!?!?![/p][/quote]I expect it is attitudes such as yours added to the peer pressure of hormonally charged teens within a society that views sexuality as a measure of success ... provided your sexuality actually conforms to the prevailing modes. I'd forgotten how all invasive that communal drum beat can be. Maybe because I've always marched to my own beat. mimseycal

6:55am Mon 27 Jan 14

Boloney-marshal says...

I bet the celebs in the frame at the current time don't get ten years in the pokey, because they are "famous"
I bet the celebs in the frame at the current time don't get ten years in the pokey, because they are "famous" Boloney-marshal

12:43pm Thu 30 Jan 14

HurstBird says...

Boloney-marshal wrote:
I bet the celebs in the frame at the current time don't get ten years in the pokey, because they are "famousApart from Ian Watkins then? Cos he's just got 18 years...
[quote][p][bold]Boloney-marshal[/bold] wrote: I bet the celebs in the frame at the current time don't get ten years in the pokey, because they are "famousApart from Ian Watkins then? Cos he's just got 18 years... HurstBird

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