2017: Now living in Swarthmoor near Ulverston

September 2012

Barrow man gets six years for abusing schoolgirl

A MAN found guilty of having sex with an underage girl has been jailed for six years.

Stephen Cooksey, 44, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Friday 14 September after being found guilty by a jury in August.

Cooksey, of Stackwood Avenue, Barrow, denied five allegations of sexual activity with a child.

During the trial the court heard an adult became suspicious of the interaction between Cooksey and his victim because of the amount of time the girl spent on the phone and sending text messages.

After the concerns were raised, the girl told police she and Cooksey had sex. When he was arrested, Cooksey denied the allegations.

During the trial he told the court he had been shocked by the claims and insisted nothing had happened between him and the girl.

The court also heard he said: “I am going to prison.

“I would rather commit suicide than go to prison.”

However, Cooksey, who is married, did admit he and the girl had once kissed on the cheek.

After a week-long trial a jury rejected his version of events and found him guilty of the five offences.

Yesterday he was sentenced to six years in prison, with 29 days taken off for the time he had already spent on remand in jail.

He was also disqualified from working with children for life, as well as being put on the sex offenders register for life.

He was made the subject of a sex offenders prevention order for 15 years.