A 24-YEAR-OLD man who was “off his head on cocaine and alcohol” when he had sex with a 14-year-old girl in her mother’s bedroom has been jailed for three years.
Daniel Nathan Brown, of High St Agnesgate, Ripon, pleaded guilty to the charge of sexual activity with a female under 16 earlier this year.
Prosecuting, Tom Storey told York Crown Court last Friday that the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had known Brown for “a number of years”.
On January 28 this year the schoolgirl was babysitting her younger sister at the family home in Ripon when Brown called round to the house but then left. At around 10.30pm that night, and while the girl’s mother was out, Brown then asked the girl if he could come round again via text message.
The two, who had both been drinking heavily, later had consensual sex in her mother’s bedroom, instigated by Brown, the prosecution said.
They were interrupted by the arrival of the girl’s mother and Brown was found buttoning up his clothes as the mother entered the room. The girl’s mother then called the police.
He was arrested on February 1 after police found him hiding in a storage cupboard in the attic of his home and taken in for questioning by police.
The schoolgirl was left feeling “shamed” and was unable to tell police exactly what had happened, Prosecutor Tom Storey told the court.
Defending, Paul Fleming said: “My client, Daniel, acknowledges unequivocally and unconditionally what he has done was wrong and that it was his fault. He is fully aware of the gravity of what he has done and the shame he has brought on his family.”
Mr Fleming went on to say that although Brown had a string of previous convictions, mainly for assault, including one for common assault after hitting his then girlfriend in the street in 2010, he had not committed a sexual offence before and that there were no “paedophilic tendencies or grooming involved” in the case.
Sentencing him to three years in jail, Judge Colin Burn told York Crown Court: “You (Brown) were off your head on cocaine and alcohol that night when you made a blatant attempt to impose yourself on a 14-year-old girl for your own sexual gratification and this was a situation which you took full advantage of.
“Other aggravating factors to this include the fact that you were known to the family, and therefore you were fully aware of this girl’s age. I am also convinced you were the instigator of this and took full advantage of a sexually inexperienced young woman, kissing her first, then leading her upstairs and removing some of her clothing.
“The only mitigating factor in all of this is the fact you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”
Judge Colin Burn added that although a sexual prevention order would not be made in this case due to “no predator or paedophilic tendencies” from Brown, his conduct would be monitored if he sought employment with children in the future after being released.