A 25-year-old man, Thomas Wray, has been served 32 months of jail time after being confronted by the 14-year-old daughter’s mom.
When the mother came home from work one afternoon, she heard noises coming from the bedroom. The girl had lied to her mother about having a female friend over.
The horrified mother ordered them to come downstairs. Wray came down and admitted his name was Tom. But he said he was 18-years old.
When the mother asked if he knew how old the teenager was, he replied “fourteen.”
Hull Crown Court was told that Wray was arrested, but a month later, police saw him with the girl in his van. He reportedly “drove off at speed.”
This happened again the next day, and Wray was served with a child abduction notice. He signed it, but ignored it.
The girl had “run up a large telephone bill” calling Wray from home.
A following month later, Wray was once more arrested. Police found his phone, with a picture of himself and the underage girl as his screensaver.
Police also found a note on the phone about the teenager's 16th birthday. The note read, “We can finally be together and stop sneaking about.”
The young girl had tried to conceal evidence of their sexual relationship, but later informed her mother. Forensic tests prove the activity.
Hannah Walker, prosecuting, said: “The defendant knew, and always knew, her age.”
Walker also explained how, although the girl originally did not cooperate with the prosecution, she has now changed her mind.
Walker told Hull Crown Court, “She hates him for what he's put us all through.”
Julia Baggs, mitigating, said, “He is described has having limited intellectual ability.”
Baggs explained that while “he was looking for a relationship, he found a person who matched his maturity and not his years.”
Recorder Caroline Wigin jailed Wray for 32 months after he admitted having sexual activity with a child.
Wigin said, “The complainant I find to be a vulnerable young woman of 14 years. You were served with a child abduction notice, which you signed. I’m quite satisfied that you understood what that child abduction notice was about, and I’m quite satisfied it was explained to you in full, yet you continued to have a sexual relationship with this girl.”
She added, “It is clearly heartbreaking to your family, who have cared for you since your birth, to find you in this position today. But your actions reflect upon you, not them.”
Wray was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for ten years and must register as a sex offender.