July 2016

Chef from Mold guilty of underage sex is spared prison

A CHEF who sexually abused a vulnerable teenager has been spared an immediate prison sentence. 

Chester Yates, of Ivy Crescent, Mold, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of sexual activity with a child. 

Yates, 20, was sentenced yesterday to a 10-month sentence, suspended for one year. 

Mold Crown Court heard how Yates had taken to Facebook where he “groomed” a vulnerable girl who was 15. 

Anna Pope, prosecuting, said messages exchanged between the two made it clear Yates was aware of her age before sexual activity took place early this year. 

“The messages became more sexualised between the two and they had spoken about meeting up,” said Miss Pope. 

“He then asked her age. She said ‘15 – you are going to be put off now’.  He replied ‘not really’.” 

Miss Pope said other messages between the two said they loved each other and had talked about settling down together and having a family, despite never physically meeting each other. 

“There is an element of grooming because of her vulnerability,” added Miss Pope. 

The court heard Yates picked up the victim in his car after finishing work at 10pm, drove her to a rural location and sexual activity took place. 

On that night she had been reported to police as a missing person. 

It was accepted in court that both were happy to engage in the sexual activity. 

Yates then dropped her off not far from her home and told her to dispose of her SIM card, said Miss Pope. 

The victim’s friend’s mother discovered messages between the two and reported it to police. 

Once arrested Yates accepted the sexual activity, but claimed he was unaware she was underage. 

Frances Willmott , defending, said Yates found himself in this situation because of his lack of maturity and experiences. 

She added: “He has the support of his employer and his family, who are disappointed by his behaviour. 

“He wants to carry on working hard as a chef.” 

She added he had not thought through the consequences of his actions. 

Judge Niclas Parry, said: “You sexually abused a vulnerable young girl and you knew her age. It was the topic of some discussion between you. You flattered her, effectively grooming her, and quite remarkably she agreed to meet you for sexual activity. 

“You need to understand this law is there to protect young girls from themselves.” 

The judge said aggravating features were the choice of a rural location to take the victim to and the fact he told her to dispose of the SIM card, a claim disputed by the defendant. 

Yates must also carry out 250 hours of unpaid work, abide by a 50-day rehabilitation requirement and register as a sex offender for the next 10 years. 

He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order restricting his contact with children under the age of 16 unless their parents are aware of the offences and give consent. 

He was also given restrictions on future internet use, preventing him from having any storage software or from deleting his search history.