January 2018

Barrow man admits getting schoolgirl pregnant

A MAN has narrowly avoided a prison sentence after admitting getting a schoolgirl pregnant.

Matthew David Potts, of Robert Street, Barrow, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

The 22-year-old was arrested by police after the pupil told her school she was pregnant.

At Barrow Crown Court on Tuesday January 9, Barbara Webster, defending, said: “He suffers from Asperger’s and that has clearly impacted on his thought process here.

“He admits he still feels like a boy and has a lot of child-like mannerisms.

“He accepts his feelings about the victim were wrong and he is very ashamed about it.

“He also has a drug problem and is a daily user of cannabis.

“Because of his Asperger’s, he is vulnerable and will find an immediate prison sentence very traumatic.”

Judge Jonathan Gibson handed Potts a three-year community order to run concurrently for both offences.

He said: “The offence is designed to protect those under 16 from having sexual intercourse and, while this was consensual, those under 16 have to be protected from what they may regret at a later age.