September 2016

Sex offender, 57, preyed on schoolgirls at ‘drink and drugs’ parties

A WORCESTER man in his 50s who carried out sexual offences against four teenage girls at drink and drugs parties he held at his home has escaped a jail sentence.

Victor Robbins tried to kiss the girls, who were aged 14 or 15 at the time, and touched them on the legs and bottom, a jury at Worcester Crown Court was told.

Robbins, aged 57, of Catherine Road, St John’s, denied four counts of sexual activity with a child but was found guilty after a trial. He pleaded guilty to allowing his home to be used for smoking cannabis at the parties which were held between January, 2013, and April, 2014.

Martin Steen, defending, handed in references to a sentencing hearing and said Robbins was known as a kind and generous man who did his best to help others but had been “misguided” in holding the parties.

Robbins, he said, had clearly misunderstood the effects of his behaviour.

Judge Christopher Plunkett said Robbins had started befriending young people in a “benign” way but over a period of time he had taken steps to ensure they were there with cannabis and alcohol.

He said Robbins, who was in his 50s at the time, had touched and kissed the young girls and tried to drag them onto his lap.

“He was a man they had looked to for guidance and wisdom and instead received unwanted sexual advances,” the judge said.

His behaviour had a serious effect on the victims and he had then added to the harm caused to them by making them give evidence during a trial at crown court, the judge said.

The offences could have resulted in an immediate prison sentence of 18 months but he had decided instead to give Robbins a community order with supervision and a requirement to take part in the three year group sex offenders work programme.

He was also given a sexual harm prevention order restricting his involvement with girls under 18 until further order and will have to register as a sex offender for five years. He was given a fine of £500 for the cannabis offence.