Pervert who who squeezed girl’s bum JAILED for 18 months
A 41-year-old Nuneaton man was jailed after squeezing a teenage girl’s bottom and claiming it was “innocent, if inappropriate”.
Ian Pickering was locked up for 18 months yesterday after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child by hugging the girl and touching her buttocks.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told a teacher that Pickering had groped her buttocks while hugging her.
The 41-year-old told a jury at Warwick Crown Court that he had touched her buttocks, but it wasn’t done with any sexual intent. He said “it was innocent, if inappropriate”.
The jury rejected this explanation.
The teen also claimed that he had touched her on her leg and moved his hand up indecently over her clothes on two occasions, including during a ride in a two-seater MG sports car that Pickering had done up.
Pickering denied those allegations, saying he had put his hand on her leg in the open-top car to give her reassurance.
However the same jury cleared him of these alleged offences.
During the trial, the jury heard that the matter came to light after the girl spoke to a teacher who had just given a PowerPoint presentation about grooming.
“She asked, if a man touched you in a place where you didn’t feel comfortable, does that count as sexual abuse,” said prosecutor Gerry Quirke.
“That set alarm bells ringing, and it was passed to another teacher who logged it, and it was reported to Children’s Services and then to the police.”
Before sentencing, the court was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. The court was then told that Pickering had no previous convictions.
Jailing Pickering, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “Had you pleaded guilty to this offence, it might have been possible to deal with it other than by an immediate sentence.
“But after a trial it is impossible to deal with it in any other way.”
Pickering, 41, of Freesland Rise, Nuneaton, was jailed for 18 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years, as well as being made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order restricting his contact with children.