posted by Hollie-Anne Brooks

WARNING: Contains upsetting information.

A YouTuber with over 40,000 subscribers has shockingly been spared jail despite admitting to sexually assaulting a host of teen girls and boys. In details that have recently come to light, Tom Laywood from Derbyshire, England, lured underage males and females to his home before conducting a number of sickening sex crimes.

The 18 year old amassed nearly 1 million views on YouTube, around 40,000 subscribers and even started a second channel. During his time online, he grew his audience on Twitter with over 15,000 followers and had a further 3,000 followers on Instagram. With his YouTube success no doubt a pull for many vulnerable young fans, Tom manipulated them and threatened them if they refused to go through with his requests.

Tom, who had a channel called “Tomisnotawesome”, admitted to several sexual crimes including three counts of inciting underage boys to engage in sexual activity and forcing a minor to watch a sex act. Despite pleading guilty, Tom was spared jail and was instead sentenced to 12 year community order and a five year sexual harm order which means he’s not allowed to contact anyone under 16 online.

Nottingham Crown Court also said that Tom must have treatment for mental health problems, with the judge adding: “As I am sure you appreciate, the offences which you plead guilty to are very serious. It is quite clear that your problem is long-standing and I cannot remember a case where the defendant has been the subject of so much analysis than you have been.

“It is perfectly clear from all the reports that your behaviour is rooted in the conditions which you suffer and which have a debilitating effect on your ability to judge situations.”

This news is yet another case of the YouTube community being left feeling angry at a tiny minority who take advantage of their fans and go as far as committing sexual assault. Indeed, Sam Pepper has been accused of rape and Jacob Sartorious recently had to deny that he pressured an underage fan into sending nudes.

We hope to see an end to this type of news circulating and go back to celebrating the incredible positive impact YouTube has for millions around the world.

If any of this story has affected you, we’d encourage you to seek support via charities such as The Samaritans.