Former EastEnders actor Joseph Shade, from Sheringham, to be sentenced after admitting sexual offences against three girls
PUBLISHED: 09:36 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 06 October 2017
An ex-EastEnders actor turned north Norfolk youth worker is to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court for sexual offences against three teenage girls.
Joseph Shade, 24, who played Peter Beale in the soap from 1998 to 2004, admitted five counts of causing or inciting a child under 18 to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust and one count of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.
Shade, of Cliff Road, Sheringham, is due to be sentenced today (Friday, October 6) after having pleaded guilty to the charges during his trial in August.
A further five sexual offence charges will lie on file.
Judge Maureen Bacon QC has warned Shade that he could be sent to prison.
Prosecutor Chris Paxton told an earlier hearing at that Shade sent sexual text messages to girls and touched one on the bottom.
Shade had been helped by the youth project as a young person, then became formally employed as a youth worker after turning 18.
Mr Paxton said: “During the course of his employment he accepts by his pleas that his relationships became too close to a number of attendees and he would engage with them by texting them messages asking them to have sex or to send sexual pictures of breasts and the like.
“On one occasion and only one occasion he touched one of them.”
The offences, against three girls aged between 14 and 17, happened between 2012 and 2015.