Feb 2003

Groper said girl, 14, had ‘flirted’ with him

A 43-YEAR-OLD man who groped and kissed a 14-year-old girl after offering her a lift was ordered to go on a sex offenders’ programme yesterday.

Michael Rees admitted indecent assault on the girl after offering her a lift to Cardiff in May last year.

He drove down a lane, kissed the “shocked and frightened” girl and touched her indecently, Cardiff crown court was told.

Prosecutor Richard Kember told the court: “He continued kissing her neck. She grabbed his face with both hands, saying: ‘Don’t’.

“She was panicking and frightened.”

Rees, of High Street, Llanhilleth, later dropped the girl off in Cardiff city centre.

Mr Kember said when he was arrested he claimed the girl, who is now aged 15, had told a “pack of lies”.

“He said she had visited his house to see his puppies and she had flirted with him,” he added.

Rees later admitted a charge of indecent assault.

Greg Bull, defending, said Rees had since suffered the “vigilante brigade” with people in the community damaging his home.

Mr Bull said: “He is desperate to try to re-adjust his life.”

Judge Roderick Denyer QC sentenced Rees to a three-year community rehabilitation order on condition he attends a sex offenders’ programme.

He also ordered him to register as a sex offender for five years.

The judge told Rees: “Fourteen-year-old girls do have to be protected and have to be protected from people like you who have a distorted view about young girls.”