January 2008

Man jailed for sex offences

A 22-year-old Kidderminster man had sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl and groped another despite a warning from her mother to keep away from youngsters.

Darryll Haywood helped the first victim get over a broken romance before making love to her at a relative’s flat.

The victim’s mother got a call from the child’s school asking why her daughter was missing classes, Worcester Crown Court heard.

The girl confessed that she was secretly meeting Haywood and he was arrested by police.

But while out on bail he met another 14-year-old girl and fondled her, said Lee Marklew, prosecuting.

Her mother found they had communicated via the internet and told him it was a schoolgirl crush and to stay away.

Haywood, now 23, of Byron Close, Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual activity with children.

Judge Alistair McCreath said he knew the victims’ ages, had ignored a warning and took advantage of them.

Girls of 14 were vulnerable to crushes but needed to be protected from themselves.

The judge jailed Haywood for 12 months and ordered him to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

He also passed a sexual offences prevention order forbidding the defendant from having upsupervised contact with girls under 16.

The first victim said they talked on the internet and Haywood told her he loved her.

She admitted having sex once. Haywood lied in a police interview that they only kissed each other.

The second girl told her mother she needed the morning-after pill but insisted they never had full sex.