May 2017

Derbyshire builder Jack Wright avoids jail after targeting girl, 14, for sex

A builder from Derbyshire who targeted a 14-year-old girl for sex has avoided jail.

Jack Wright met the teenager in a pub, where he felt “flattered” when she started stroking his leg.

A court was told how, in the days following their meeting, they began exchanging text messages where the 21-year-old disclosed to her that he and his partner’s sex life was “not active”. The pair then arranged to meet at a house where they had sex.

The victim, who the court was told suffers from depression, told a school friend what had taken place between her and Wright and that friend told a head of year and the police became involved.

They questioned Wright who “fully admitted what he had done” and, after being charged, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child.

Derby Crown Court, sitting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, was told that since the incident, in May, Wright had become a father to a child and had stopped smoking cannabis.

Handing him a three-year community order, Recorder Andrew Easteal said: “You had sex with a 14-year-old girl and there’s absolutely no excuses whatsoever. You are an adult, she was a child and the laws are there not just to protect children from adults but also from themselves.

“At 14, all of us think we know everything, but we don’t and you exploited that for your own advantage because things were not working out for you (with his partner) and this was excitement.”

Sonal Ahya, prosecuting, said Wright, of Guilford Avenue, Swadlincote, had been with the teenager in a pub when she began stroking his leg. Miss Ahya said: “He was flattered and they started exchanging text messages. He told her that he was very depressed at the time and he and his girlfriend were not having any sexual activity.”

As well as the community order, Recorder Easteal, made Wright sign the sex offender register for five years and handed him a sexual harm prevention order. He also ordered him to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work and handed him a curfew confining him to his home address between 7pm and 7am, seven days a week for six months.