Man convicted of taking incedent photos of 16-year-old

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A rugby player from Houghton Regis was on Thursday convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy who had gone into his bedroom to play on an Xbox game.

Emmitt Black, now 21, had asked the boy: “Have you ever thought of being gay?”

The teenager, who had a girlfriend, told Black it was out of the question, Luton Crown Court, pictured, heard.

Black, who was four years older and stronger, pulled down the boy’s jeans and said: “Don’t shout or I will hit you.”

The defendant performed oral sex on the boy, molested him and took explicit photos.

Prosecutor Peter Shaw said the boy’s mother came to pick him up and realised something was wrong.

“He told her everything was fine, but told his girlfriend something had happened and he realised he would have to go to the police,” he said.

Black, of Leaf Road, pleaded not guilty to six charges –causing a person to engage in sexual activity, sexual assault and four charges of taking indecent photographs of a 16-year-old child–but was convicted. The offences took place on December 15, 2013.

Black was arrested on December 22 and his phone was seized.

When questioned he said the boy had consented.

He told the jury that he did not make the youngster do anything he didn’t want to do.

Under cross-examination by Mr Shaw, Black denied that his account was lies.

Mr Shaw said Black had been dominant, four years older and much bigger than the 16-year-old.

Questioned by his barrister, Toby Long, Black said that when the police arrested him he answered questions without a lawyer present.

“I had done nothing wrong. So I saw no reason to get a solicitor,” he said.

He added that he was “shocked and embarrassed” at his arrest.

Black said that he had not made the boy do anything he did not want and said the youngster had accessed a lesbian porn site while they were playing.

He also claimed the boy said he had wanted to take intimate pictures of his girlfriend.

Asked why he took the photos he said: “I asked if I could take them and he said yes. I didn’t think it was right or wrong. It was something that happened.”

Judge Richard Foster adjourned sentence until April 16 for probation reports to be prepared.