The college student accused of raping a woman he met online has been released on bail, a judge has ruled.
Robinson Hood was bailed in the High Court in Newcastle on Friday.
He had been charged with sexual assault of a child, aggravated indecent assault and possessing indecent images of children.
The man is due to appear in court again on March 27.
Hood is accused of sending a text message to a 17-year-old student in June 2016.
After the girl sent him a photo of a tattoo he was wearing, he told her she had just “stopped being nice” to him, the court heard.
I am not a bad boy. “
I just wanted you to know I am so much more than you, I don’t deserve to be with you.
I am not a bad boy.
I just have to live with this, she wrote back.
The woman wrote back, saying she had not heard from Hood for four days.
She told the court: “I just want to know where he is, where he went, and what he did.
I just need him to go away.
He is my best friend.
“Hooton was released on unconditional bail on Thursday, having been jailed for 18 months last month for the same offences.
On Friday, Magistrate Jonathan Smith ordered that Hood be kept on bail pending sentencing.
His bail was extended to three months at a hearing earlier this week.
A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “We will continue to work with the courts to determine the appropriate sentence.”
The offences happened in 2016 and 2017.
Read more about the case at the Newcastle Herald.