A YOUTH worker employed on a fishing project has admitted sending texts of a sexual nature to a girl.

Alan Thomas Ellis, 43, was employed by the Get Hooked on Fishing Project which aims to get vulnerable people involved in the sport.

But a 14-year-old girl who went on the course and who sent him a text message asking him when the next one would be held was shocked to receive inappropriate texts off the youth worker.

In court they were described as inappropriate and full of sexual comments.

She later told social workers the text conversation was becoming dirty, it scared her, and the social services alerted the police.

Prosecutor Justin Espie handed in a log of the text messages at Flintshire Magistrates Court which he said showed the nature of the sexual texts Ellis had sent.

He said: “It is clearly the case that the defendant was in a position of trust and that trust was breached.”

Ellis, of Leighton Court, Connah’s Quay, and formerly of Castle View Caravan Park at Halkyn, admitted a telecommunications charge of sending six text messages which were grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or of a menacing character.

Paul Abraham, defending, said: “Mr Ellis wants to express his regret and forward his apologies to the victim of this offence and members of her family who have been affected by his actions.

“He also wishes to say the same to the members of his own family for the shame and distress brought upon them.”

Mr Abraham said Ellis was now unemployed and living on benefits.

Ellis was placed on an 18 month community order with supervision and told to pay £85 costs.