A PARAMEDIC has admitted grooming a teenage boy over the Internet before sexually assaulting him in woodland.
Edward Trickett (30) groomed the 14-year-old on the net before abusing him in Theberton Woods, Suffolk, Ipswich Crown Court was told.
Trickett, who was working at Dent Row ambulance station in Burnley at the time of the offences, admitted four counts of causing or inciting a child aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity without penetration. He also admitting two charges of penetrative sexual activity with a boy aged under 16.
Trickett also admitted meeting a male child following sexual grooming, in his plea and case management hearing.
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance NHS Trust confirmed Trickett resigned before the court hearing.
The alleged grooming is said to have taken place in the Saxmundham area between May 1st and June 6th last year. The first of the penetrative sexual activity charges occurred on June 5th, 2010, while the second offence happened on June 10th, 2010.
Following his guilty pleas, Trickett’s conditional bail was rescinded. He is in custody awaiting sentence.
Trickett, of Cromwell Grove, Manchester, is to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on November 15th.
His first appearance was at North East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, Lowestoft, which committed his case to crown court.
A spokesman for the ambulance trust said: “He was suspended in February pending the outcome of his court case.” Trickett was also given an 18-month suspension order at a Health Professions Council hearing in London in March.
The spokesman added: “Edward Trickett handed in his resignation before he appeared in court.”