July 2018

Sex offender sent to prison

A sex offender has been jailed for two years after breaching a court order which prohibited him from being alone with underage girls.

Sebastian Gasulla-Sole is at ‘very high risk’ of sexually re-offending and has a predilection for teenage girls, the Royal Court heard.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to breaking the restraining order and to buying alcohol for minors, as well as three motoring offences.

Solicitor General Mark Temple told the court that the police found Gasulla-Sole with one underage girl and another teenager in his flat earlier this year. Another two 17-year-old girls were found waiting outside the flat.

The police had been called by a neighbour, who was aware that Gasulla-Sole was on probation for past sex offences.

In 2015, the defendant was convicted of six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a juvenile in relation to offences that he committed in 2004 and 2005 when he was 20.

In the most recent offence, Gasulla-Sole originally told police officers he did not know how old the girls were, but the court heard that he had taken them to buy vodka at a corner shop and asked the shopkeeper ‘if he sold large condoms’.

He had also been exchanging messages with the underage girl, saying she was ‘fit’ and had ‘a very nice sexy body’, offering her drugs and suggesting they go to dinner.

When the neighbour saw the girls by the flat, he first tried to warn them off but later called the police.

Mr Temple said Gasulla-Sole, who has a borderline learning disability and very low IQ, gave inconsistent statements to the police.

He said he had asked the shopkeeper about condoms ‘as a joke’ and that the girls had approached him about coming over and pestered him into giving them alcohol.

He also refused to give the police permission to access his Facebook account.

Gasulla-Sole has been in custody since 8 May after pleading guilty to the five charges against him in Royal Court.

Mr Temple said a social inquiry report found him to be at high risk of reoffending and at very high risk of reoffending sexually.

The report found he engaged in risk-taking behaviour, lacked empathy for the young victims and failed to think about the consequences of his actions.

In sentencing, Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq said the court had a duty to ‘protect vulnerable young girls’. The court sentenced Gasulla-Sole to 18 months in prison for what it regarded the ‘most serious charge’ of breaching the court order not to be alone with young girls.

He was sentenced to six months to run concurrently on the charge of buying alcohol for minors.

And on the three motoring offences – using a dangerous vehicle, driving without insurance and driving an unregistered vehicle – he received another six months to run consecutively, taking the total prison term to two years.

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