April 2017

Pervert, 27, had sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl at a drugs den

A pervert who plied a girl with cigarettes before having sex with her in a drugs den has been jailed for three years.

Rhys Beaumont told the 14-year-old he loved her before the pair slept together at the den in Hull. 

The teenage girl told her mother she was staying at a friend’s house, but spend the night with Beaumont, then 27.

Other people in the house gave her vodka and cannabis, a court heard, and she was found in bed by her sister the next morning, naked from the waist down.  

When they got home, the girl confirmed she had had sex with Beaumont, Hull Crown Court heard.

Her upset mother and sister called the police.   

Philip Standfast, prosecuting, said the girl said she had met Beaumont in the street, and after buying her cigarettes, he ‘called her nice names and told her he loved her’.

Beaumont and the girl had unprotected sex three times.

He told her he ‘would look after any child until she was 16’ and told her not to tell anyone.

Mr Standfast said the girl said it was ‘not the first time she’d had sex with the defendant’.

Days earlier, Beaumont called the girl and her friend ‘beautiful and asked them both to have sex, but her friend didn’t because of the defendant’s age’.

The victim said she was ‘scared but kind of wanted sex to take place’.

They had also had unprotected sex three times on that occasion.

Beaumont declined to answer questions in two police interviews, the second taking place after his DNA was found in the girl’s underwear.

Beaumont, now 29, from Hull, admitted two offences of sexual activity with a child.

Jailing Beaumont for 35 months, Judge David Tremberg told him: ‘The reason why the age of consent is 16 is that the law regards anyone under that age as lacking the capacity to make a reasoned judgement about the merits, advantages, pitfalls, and especially the consequences, of sexual activity.

‘The law therefore exists to protect sexually precocious children from themselves, as much as it tries to protect them from adults who might take advantage of it.

‘In my judgement, this offending is so serious that only and immediate custodial sentence is appropriate for it.

‘You risked her becoming pregnant, you risked infection. You have no cognitive deficiencies. This was repeated offending.

‘The key message the court has to send out is, if you’re an adult and you take advantage of a child in this way, then you are going to get locked up, I’m afraid.’

Beaumont must register as a sex offender for life.

As he was led away to the cells, a woman who accompanied him to court said from the public gallery: ‘Rhys, write to me as soon as you get in there.’