December 2017

Paedophile who groomed boy, 13, and had sex with him on beach is jailed

A paedophile who groomed a 13-year-old boy online before having sex with him on a beach has been jailed for five years.

Charlene Cole, 29, described the teenager as the love of her life and told other people he was her boyfriend

She initially believed him to be 19, but continued contact with him once she knew his real age, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.

Cole, also known as Charlene Baxter, travelled 120 miles from her home in Southall, Middlesex, to meet the boy in Hampshire in August, where they had sex in a tent by the beach.

Jailing her for five years, Judge Philip Wassall said: ‘He was a vulnerable young man, you met him following sexual grooming, abducting him without lawful authority.

‘It’s clear from the messages the extent to which this had been successful – you were referring to him as the love of your life and him to you as ‘wifey’. ‘When you had both been drinking you had sex with him.’

On August 19, Cole made the journey south and met the boy at New Milton train station. They ended up camping out at the beauty spot of Hengistbury Head in Christchurch, where Cole gave the boy a Stella Artois lager before they had sex.

The woman reported her son missing at 2.15am after he failed to return home at 8pm, as agreed.

Prosecutor Stuart Ellacott said: ‘She refered to him when talking to others as her boyfriend and described him as the love of her life. ‘It came to a head on the 19th and 20th of August. He told his parents he was going out for a walk but did not return home.

‘His mother began to look on electronic devices and found messages from Cole about meeting. ‘She also found a number of videos in which it would appear her son was at least shirtless and other images of him in more compromising positions.’

The mother called Cole’s mobile number and asked if she was with the boy, but Cole lied and denied seeing him, the court heard.

In the morning, the boy contacted his mother and Cole was arrested at Basingstoke train station on her way home.

Cole pleaded guilty to child abduction, sexual activity with a child and meeting a child following sexual grooming.