November 2018

Man 24, jailed after mum hears him having sex with her 14-year-old daughter

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A man who ignored warnings to stop having sex with a schoolgirl has been jailed for nearly three years.

Thomas Wray, now 25, of Bridlington was “confronted” by the girl’s mother after she heard them having sex, having initially thought it was the neighbours, Hull Crown Court heard.

The girl had lied to her mother about having a female friend round, but when she told whoever was upstairs to come down, Wray did, and was introduced to the mother as “Tom”.

Asked if he knew how old the girl was, he correctly replied: “Fourteen.”

Hannah Walker, prosecuting, said: “Part of the Crown’s case is the defendant knew, and always knew, her age.”

Wray claimed to be 18 but was 24 years old.

“He was informed the police would be called and did leave the property when asked to do so,” said Ms Walker.

The girl had tried to conceal evidence of their sexual relationship but then informed her mother, and forensic tests proved it.

Despite being arrested, a month later Wray was seen by police with the girl in his van and “drove off at speed”, successfully evading them. The same thing happened the next day, with Wray again evading capture.

He was then served with a child abduction notice, which he signed but then ignored.

Wray was arrested again a month later and when his mobile phone was seized, the screensaver was a picture of the two of them.

There was also a note relating to her 16th birthday with a picture of a heart and the words “We can finally be together and stop sneaking about”.

The girl had “run up a large telephone bill” calling Wray from home.

She initially refused to co-operate with the prosecution, but Miss Walker told the court on Friday: “Her feelings have changed, which is a relief to her mother. She [the girl] will be glad when it’s all over. She regrets everything.

“She regrets meeting him, speaking on the computer. She hates him for what he’s put us all through.”

Wray admitted sexual activity with a child.

Jailing Wray for 32 months, Recorder Caroline Wigin told him: “I have read various reports upon you and I accept that in your thinking skills you are younger than your chronological age.

But the history of this case shows that you repeatedly ignored warnings that you were given and went on offending.

“The complainant I find to be a vulnerable young woman of 14 years.

You were served with a child abduction notice, which you signed.

I’m quite satisfied that you understood what that child abduction notice was about, and I’m quite satisfied it was explained to you in full, yet you continued to have a sexual relationship with this girl.

“It is clearly heartbreaking to your family, who have cared for you since your birth, to find you in this position today – your actions reflect upon you, not them.”

Wray must register as a sex offender indefinitely, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.