March 2009

Pervert had sex with 13-year-old girl

A Stockton man has been jailed for three years for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Andrew Giddings, 21, had been drinking and was thrown out by his partner before he turned up at the girl’s Stockton home early one January morning this year.

He had sex with her knowing she was 13, prosecutor Christopher Attwooll told Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

The encounter was reported to the girl’s family and to the police the next day.

Mr Attwooll said when she was interviewed by officers the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons said that “it just happened”, he put his arm around her and asked her to kiss him.

“She did not object. She denied he forced himself on her.”

Giddings, of Cleatlam Close, Stockton, at first claimed he thought she was 16, but later admitted causing a child to engage in sexual activity. He had previous convictions for violence but had no sexual offences.

Judge Peter Fox QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told Giddings: “There has to be an immediate prison sentence. Giving you credit for your plea of guilty, the sentence is that of three years imprisonment.”

Giddings will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register.