April 2005

Girl pestered man for sex

A 34-YEAR-OLD man was arrested after the father of a teenage girl read entries in her diary concerning sexual activity, a court heard.

The girl, who is under the age of 16, wrote about the man “warmly and in adult terms”, said Judge Jonathan Durham Hall.

Robert Wilson, a man with no previous convictions, of Bessemer Close, Newport, was sentenced to a three-year community rehabilitation order after pleading guilty to a charge of sexual activity with the girl.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender for five years, banned for life from working with children and ordered to pay costs of £150.

Normally, the judge said, a prison sentence would be imposed. “This case, I acknowledge, falls very far short of the worst scenario.

“There was no statement from the girl, no complaint by her or her family and she wanted nothing to do with the prosecution,” he said.

The judge added: “You were confronted with a young lady who knew what she wanted. She demanded a relationship and threatened to tell her father if she didn’t have one.”

Prosecutor Michael Jones said that on October 14 social services contacted the police after the girl’s father expressed concern about entries in her diary.

They indicated there had been sexual activity with Wilson. When he was arrested he said: “I’ll be honest with you, it happened twice. Then she would not leave me alone. I was high on drugs at the time.”

The first time there had been “sexual contact”, he said, was after he had drunk vodka and lager and taken Ecstasy and speed.

The following day, he said, the girl kept trying to contact him and made threats.

On the second occasion, he said, she undid her blouse and they had sex together.

He told the police he didn’t find her attractive. He admitted he knew she was young.

Wilson’s counsel, Jonathan Austin, said: “There was no grooming, he made full admissions and he showed remorse.

“The victim had an inclination for what occurred and he should not have allowed it to happen. At the time there was some domestic trauma. The level of risk in the future is very low.”