Joseph Shade: Ex-EastEnders actor admits sex offences against teens


A former EastEnders actor has admitted sex offences against three girls aged between 14 and 17.

Prosecutors said Joseph Shade, who played Ian Beale’s son Peter in the TV soap between 1998 and 2004, was employed as a youth worker when he sent sexual text messages to girls and touched one on the bottom.

The 24-year-old 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.

The defendant, from Sheringham in Norfolk, was working at a project in the county when the offences took place between 2012 and 2015.

During his appearance at Norwich Crown Court, Shade spoke only to enter his pleas.

Prosecutor Chris Paxton said he had no previous convictions and was “tearful and expressed a degree of remorse” when he was interviewed by police.

Joseph Shade
Image:The 24-year-old has been warned he may face a jail term

Mr Paxton added: “He himself attended that youth project as a young person and got help from them.

“As he reached the age of 18 he became formally employed as a youth worker and in this capacity as a youth worker he then engaged with many young people who came from similar backgrounds and vulnerabilities as he had.

 “During the course of his employment he accepts by his pleas that his relationships became too close to a number of attendees.

“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.”

Shade had denied 11 sexual offences against four girls, but on the fourth day of the trial he admitted six offences against three girls.

Prosecutors said the remaining five counts would be kept on file.

Shade has been bailed until he is sentenced at a later date, and the judge warned him he could be sent to prison.

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