April 2017

Teenager escapes jail sentence after sex with 14-year-old schoolgirl

A teenager who had sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl has escaped a jail sentence after a court heard he suffers from autism and Tourette’s.

Daniel Grant, 19, was arrested after turning up at the victim’s Midlands home with a cut to his arm and demanding to know where the girl was

The teenager was sentenced to 18 months detention, suspended for two years, after he pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual activity with a child.

He was told to take part in a rehabilitation activity, fined £250 and was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Grant, of Queensland Gardens, Bedworth, was also made subject to a restraining order prohibiting him from having any contact, direct or indirect, with the victim.

Jennifer Josephs, prosecuting at Warwick Crown Court, said the offences came to light after the victim’s parents spotted Grant lying in the front garden of their Midlands home.

The couple had no idea who he was and feared that Grant was dead after seeing he had a cut to his arm

They called the police and Grant immediately began asking by name where the girl was.

The victim later told police she had previously met the older teenager away from her home and had sex with him after he had ‘pestered’ her.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said Grant had been suffering from a break-down in his mental health at the time he ‘chose to have sexual intercourse’ with a girl who was ‘very much younger’ than him, knowing he should not do so.

“She is a child. That is something you knew at the time, and yet you took advantage of her,” he said.

“These are serious matters, and you must understand that. It doesn’t matter that she consented, she was not old enough to have consented.”