A FORMER scout leader and trainee teacher has admitted he had lewd and sexual conversations with young boys over the Internet.

Christopher Pimm, of Great Fox Meadow, Kelvedon Hatch, pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court to three counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act and two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

The 24-year-old also pleaded guilty at the court to two counts of making indecent images and movies of children after police found documents on his computer.

All of the incidents date back to 2011 and involved Pimm becoming friends with three teenage boys, from Brentwood, Basildon and Ilford, east London, on social networking site Facebook.

Pimm, who also used to be a sailing instructor, had sexual discussions with the boys before posting pornographics links to each of them.

An investigation by Essex Police led to Pimm’s arrest at his home address in November last year before he was charged with the offences in August 2012.

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: “The police investigation began in October 2011 following concerns about the level of contact he had with the victims through social networking sites.

“He added the boys as friends on Facebook and then engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with them before sending them pornographic links.

“During the police raid on his home, officers seized his computer which was found to hold a quantity of indecent images and movies of children.”

Pimm is due to reappear at the same court on October 29 where he will be sentenced.