A Hayes teenager who sexually abused three children has been spared jail.
Jake Brookfield, 19, who began his grooming by taking a child into a cupboard during a boat trip and then escalated it during sleepovers, received a suspended sentence at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday (March 6).
Brookfield, 19, of York Avenue, was aged between ten and 14 when he subjected the boy and two girls, who are younger than him, to the abuse, the court heard.
Heather Standee, prosecuting told the court the offences, which occurred mostly in the Southall area, "reflect sexual abuse over a prolonged period".
She added: “It was initiated by Brookfield when he told the boy to go into a cupboard on a boat trip and groped him when they were sleeping together."
One of the victims said Brookfield would argue with her if she resisted and another then also became a target of the defendant.
Brookfield admitted four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity on various dates between November 7 2005 and June 12 2010.
His lawyer, Mark Kimsey said the offences were "sexual experimentation" and added: "They stopped and he has moved on and has no interest in children. He has had a girlfriend since and his aim was to join the Army, but that is very, very unlikely now.”
Mr Kimsey said Brookfield was remorseful and wanted to "understand why this happened". He has been made to sign the sex offenders register and his mother is thinking about moving out of the area due to comments on social media, said the lawyer.
Recorder Michael Evans QC said: “This is a very troubling case. I have every sympathy for the victims.”
Brookfield was sentenced to 24 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to perform 80 hours community service.