July 2013

Man who admitted sexual encounter with a schoolgirl is spared jail

A man who had a sexual encounter with a troubled schoolgirl has walked free from court.

Judge Peter Bowers told 20-year-old James Dickinson that he would be “frightened” to lock him up because he would be unable to cope behind bars with his fragile mental state.

Dickinson was given a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was banned from having either computer contact or unsupervised contact with females under 16.