Judge Michael Leeming described Bilham’s actions as “a carefully crafted hoax where you create a completely false personality.”
“You took advantage of the naivety of the whistleblower and completely misled her,” he said.
“And that gave you the opportunity to offend in the way that you did.”
Bilham ‘repeatedly lied’ about his identity
He added that Bilham had “repeatedly lied” about his identity, even when his victim became suspicious and confronted her.
The judge handed him a 24-month community order, a sexual harm prevention order, and a restraining order in relation to his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons. Bilham is also required to sign on the sex offender registry for five years and was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and 35 days of rehab.
In a victim impact statement, the teen said what happened left her “sick”, “scared” and “ashamed” and she “blamed” herself.
He said that his mental health had suffered and that he had lost two stones.
“I thought we were in love, but I feel like it was just a joke to Georgia,” he said, adding that what he found with Bilham “wasn’t love, it wasn’t normal.”
Martine Snowdon, speaking in defence, said there was no evidence that Bilham had acted as a “sexual predator” and characterized the relationship as one of “emotional support”.
She said Bilham regretted his actions and had shown an “awareness” of his wrongdoing during the relationship and had a “sense of relief that it was brought to light”.
The court previously heard how Bilham from Alpraham, Cheshire, tricked his victim into thinking he was a young man after they started messaging online.
They eventually met and when their relationship turned sexual, the girl still believed that Bilham was a boy, the prosecution claimed.
The victim felt ‘sick’ upon learning the truth
Bilham’s deception was revealed when the girl’s mother became suspicious and told him that George was a girl, causing her daughter to “burst into tears”.
The girl then found out that George was actually Bilham after researching his identity on social media.
She felt “sick” to learn the truth, the court heard, after telling detectives she was not gay.
Anna Pope, the prosecutor, said the teen could not have fully consented to the sexual activity because she believed George was really a man.
She labeled Bilham “a consummate liar” who had tricked his victim into a sexual relationship by creating the character of George Parry.
But Bilham claimed she got “caught in a web of lies” after posing as a guy to meet girls online.
He admitted to having sexual activity with the girl, but claimed the teen knew she was female.
He claimed that her elaborate lies during the relationship were aimed at concealing the fact that she was Georgia Bilham rather than trying to trick the girl into having sex while she believed she was a boy.
Bilham claimed to have created the alter ego George Parry Snapchat profile as “an escape” from his unhappy life.
She told the court that after the couple was involved in a car accident in May 2021 and showed police her driver’s license with Georgia’s name on it, she assumed the teen knew she was a woman from that time, despite lying that it was a “fake” license.
Snowdon told the jury that the teenager knew “George” was really a woman, but had continued the relationship.
Following the jury’s verdicts, the Crown Prosecution Service said Bilham had deprived the victim of the option to take up the activity and left her “devastated”.