July 2015: Has now been released and is living in Milton Keynes
A man who had sex with a girl in Accrington supermarket car park is jailed
A man who had sex with an under-age teenage girl in the back of his car has been jailed.
Jason Damien Phillips, 32, parked up with the girl outside a supermarket in Accrington, and performed sex acts both penetrative and non-penetrative on a vulnerable 14-year-old girl on multiple occasions.
He originally denied the offences but admitted his involvement with the girl and pleaded guilty to indecent assault and eight counts of sexual activity with a child on the day he was due to face trial.
Prosecutor Virginia Hayton told the court that Phillips, who now lives in Warwickshire, had been aware of the young victim’s age but entered into a consensual sexual relationship with her.
She said: “He took advantage of a young girl.”
The barrister said Phillps, who was working as a mechanic at the time of the offences.
She said the victim who lived in Rossendale had sex in the back of Phillips car in a car park one evening.
She added: “It’s clear what happened to her at the hands of this defendant has informed her ability to develop relationships.”
Phillips was arrested years after the incident, while officers were investigating a separate incident.
He denied sexual contact with the victim who he claimed had been in her twenties at the time.
Phillips, formerly of Warwickshire, pleaded guilty to indecent assault.
Judge Stuart Baker said it was not possible to suspend a prison sentence and jailed Phillips for 40 months, also handing him a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
The judge said Phillips had denied the offences ‘doggedly’ up until the day of trial.
He said Phillips is not a dangerous offender but he was ‘quite satisfied’ Phillips had no reason to believe the victim was of the age of consent.
He added: “ She was truly a vulnerable young girl.”