October 2018

Rutland man groomed teenager through text asking for ‘hugs and kisses’

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A Rutland man texted a teenager asking for ‘hugs and kisses’ and touched another girl inappropriately.

Mark Warburton, 48, of Cottesmore in Rutland, appeared via video link from prison at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

One of the teenagers was assaulted by Warburton, an ex-taxi driver, in 2005 and the other was assaulted by him between October and November 2016.

What did the victims say?
Simon Ash, prosecuting, read out the victim impact statements in court.

The first explained how Warburton had texted the victim asking her for ‘hugs and kisses’ and had called her ‘baby girl’ despite her being just 14.

On another occasion he went round to see her and kissed her on the mouth as he was leaving. Following the incident, he texted her saying he wanted “more next time”.

The statement said: “What he did to me was just pure evil.

“Mark violated my trust and I thought he was a nice guy, but now I am wondering why this happened to me.

“I always think about what he did to me, and I don’t trust people like I used to.”

The second victim impact statement explained how the teenager had been touched inappropriately by Warburton on multiple occasions.

The statement said: “If someone was to ask me about what Mark did to me, I feel stupid for letting it go on for so long.

“I hate him and it disgusts me that he thought it was alright to do that to me.”

What did the judge say?

Judge Ebrahim Mooncey, to Warburton, said: “You are an individual that is manipulative and self centred and it took a long time to accept what you had done was wrong.

“Both victims in this case have suffered and still suffer from what you have done to them.

“This behaviour you have displayed is outrageous.”

As well as the jail term, Warburton will also be placed on the sex offenders register for the next ten years.

The mother of one of the victims said: “Justice has been done. We are satisfied that he has got a custodial sentence.

“We have closure and can now move on with our lives.”

He was sentenced to two and half years in prison for inappropriately touching a teenager and grooming another over text and kissing her on the mouth.