Jan 2011

Rapist is told he used girls as ‘sex objects’

A MAN has been branded a danger to young girls after he raped one teenager and was involved in sex acts with six others.

Steven Baxter was told by a judge he had exploited the girls and was obsessed with sex.

Judge Christopher Ball QC said: “You were using these girls as sex objects. I have not the least doubt you represent a very real and significant danger of serious harm to young girls for the forseeable future.”

Chelmsford Crown Court heard 21-year-old Baxter formed a series of relationships with girls, aged from 13 to 17, between November 2006 and January 2009.

During their time together, Baxter and the girls took part in a series of sexual activities and he was also responsible for raping one 16-year-old.

Some of the activity was filmed by Baxter and some of the images were found on his mobile phone and a computer after police arrested him.

Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, told the court Baxter got girls to dress in erotic uniforms and lingerie and took part in sexual acts at his home in St Dominic Road, Colchester, and other locations in the town, including Hilly Fields and a local graveyard.

Baxter also faked a birth certificate showing he was younger than he was when the father of one girl became concerned over the relationship, the court heard.

Baxter admitted a total of 13 charges of rape, sexual activity, taking and making indecent images of children and distributing one indecent image.

He was jailed for six years and given an extended licence of seven years. This means he could be recalled to prison if he offends within seven years of the end of the sentence.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for life.

Mr Jackson said the indecent images were at the lower end of the serious scale.

Baxter sent one image of a girl to her friend after the girl ended the relationship with him. It was aimed at humiliating and embarrassing her, Mr Jackson said.

Impact statements from some of the girls revealed how upset they were by what they went through.

One said: “It was very difficult to get over this. I just want to get on with my life. I felt like his lapdog.”

Baxter’s barrister, Stephen Rose, told the court his pleas meant Baxter had not made the girls go through the ordeal of giving evidence.

There had been no serious threats or force used by Baxter or any coercion and the girls had been compliant in what they were engaging in, Mr Rose said.

His family were still supporting him and Baxter would accept any help available to him, Mr Rose added.