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Ex-EastEnders actor admits sexual assaults against three teenage girls

Ex-EastEnders actor Joseph Shade has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three teenage girls between 14 and 17-years-old.

Shade, 24, played Ian Beale's son Peter between 1998 and 2004 before becoming a youth worker where he sexually assaulted three teenage girls.

Whilst he previously denied the 11 counts of causing or inciting a child under 18 to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust, he has now changed his plea.

He has now admitted five counts of the above, and also pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

Shade is now 24-years-old (Credit: Facebook)

The offences tooks place between 2012 and 2015.

Chris Paxton, prosecuting, addressed Norwich Crown Court: "He himself attended that youth project as a young person and got help from them."

He played Peter Beale in 1998 to 2004 (Credit: BBC/ EastEnders)

"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."

Mr Paxton added: "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."

Here being carried by co-star Nigel Harman (Credit: BBC/ EastEnders)

Shade originally denied 11 counts against four girls, but on the fourth day of the trial changed his plea and admitted six sexual offences against three girls, with the prosecution ordering that the other five remain on file.

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