Jail for pervert who groomed girl aged 14 online

Jail for pervert who groomed molested girl aged 14

Jail for pervert who groomed molested girl aged 14

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A 29-year-old Weymouth man who groomed and then molested a 15-year-old girl has been jailed for 13 months.

Christopher Barrow, pictured, travelled to meet the child after booking them into a hotel for New Year’s Eve after making contact online.

But when one of her concerned friends told an older sister what was going on the police were brought in and he was arrested at The Angel Hotel in Chippenham.

Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court on Tuesday that the child was still 14 years old when she put a message on social media site Kik last year.

“She put out a general invitation for people to talk to her and he answered that invitation. They seem to have got on well,” he said.

Although the girl made it clear from the outset that she was 14, and he said he was a pub manager aged 28 or 29, the correspondence soon took a sexual tone.

In a game of truth or dare they asked each a series of questions starting with her wanting to know if he would cuddle her.

He said he would and then asked if she were over 16 if she would have sex with him.

“It is clear at all times he knew she was under the age of 16. There was an arrangement to meet on or about her 15th birthday in July last year.”

Mr Meeke said that had not taken place because her parents had other plans but in September and October she and Barrow hatched the plan for New Year’s Eve.

He booked a room at the hotel and she met him at the train station on December 31, having told her family she would be staying with friends that night.

During the messaging she had told him she wanted to wait until she was 16 to lose her virginity, but after kissing and cuddling in the room he sexually touched her.

Mr Meeke said after meeting up with him some of her friends, who knew what was going on, tried to text her but got no reply.

After she eventually replied to the texts they went to find her, as they were concerned for her safety, and one of the friends then mentioned it to her older sister.

A policeman was at the reception the next day when Barrow walked past and when asked if he knew the girl’s age he answered ‘no comment’, and was promptly arrested.

Barrow, of Reedling Close, Weymouth, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Mike Jeary, defending, said his client had been honest about what he did with the police and was willing to go on the Thames Valley Sex Offenders course.

He said he was a well educated man but had drifted from job to job and had plainly groomed the girl before meeting her.

Jailing him Judge Tim Mousley QC said: “I am satisfied there was a degree of grooming towards her and it only came to an end when a friend’s older sister contacted the police.”

He jailed him for 12 months for the sex offences with a month added on for failing to surrender to custody last week.

He also imposed a sexual offences prevention order restricting his liberty and told him he must register as a sex offender for ten years.

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9:26am Thu 12 Jun 14

More Morals Please says...

Jailed for 13 months, how very ....lenient
Jailed for 13 months, how very ....lenient More Morals Please
  • Score: 18

11:16am Thu 12 Jun 14

whatever66 says...

scumbag hope he gets what for inside hopefully they will cut his bits off
scumbag hope he gets what for inside hopefully they will cut his bits off whatever66
  • Score: 9

11:18am Thu 12 Jun 14

Micke12 says...

13 months. Means that in 6.5 months he will be automatically released, maybe earlier if he is released on tag with Home Detention Curfew.

What a joke this sentence is and I call upon the CPS to refer this matter to the Court of Appeal as soon as possible with the intention of getting this sentence increased.

How come you can be jailed for 10 years for stealing a bottle of milk from someone's doorstep, but only 13 months for sexually abusing a young girl of 14, especially when he knew she was only 14. I know that it is difficult for men sometimes to know the age of a young girl when she may lie about her age, but this was done knowing that she was under age.

Should be placed on the offenders register for life, as should any sex offender, but the sentence imposed is a bloody joke. In America, he would have been put away for 10 or more years as a starting point.
13 months. Means that in 6.5 months he will be automatically released, maybe earlier if he is released on tag with Home Detention Curfew. What a joke this sentence is and I call upon the CPS to refer this matter to the Court of Appeal as soon as possible with the intention of getting this sentence increased. How come you can be jailed for 10 years for stealing a bottle of milk from someone's doorstep, but only 13 months for sexually abusing a young girl of 14, especially when he knew she was only 14. I know that it is difficult for men sometimes to know the age of a young girl when she may lie about her age, but this was done knowing that she was under age. Should be placed on the offenders register for life, as should any sex offender, but the sentence imposed is a bloody joke. In America, he would have been put away for 10 or more years as a starting point. Micke12
  • Score: 17

11:34am Thu 12 Jun 14

elloello1980 says...

so we have a group of men that conspired to sell drugs receiving sentences of 6 or 12 years. then we have a child molester who has actually committed an offence receiving just 13month?
so we have a group of men that conspired to sell drugs receiving sentences of 6 or 12 years. then we have a child molester who has actually committed an offence receiving just 13month? elloello1980
  • Score: 21

11:41am Thu 12 Jun 14

annotater says...

Micke12 wrote:
13 months. Means that in 6.5 months he will be automatically released, maybe earlier if he is released on tag with Home Detention Curfew.

What a joke this sentence is and I call upon the CPS to refer this matter to the Court of Appeal as soon as possible with the intention of getting this sentence increased.

How come you can be jailed for 10 years for stealing a bottle of milk from someone's doorstep, but only 13 months for sexually abusing a young girl of 14, especially when he knew she was only 14. I know that it is difficult for men sometimes to know the age of a young girl when she may lie about her age, but this was done knowing that she was under age.

Should be placed on the offenders register for life, as should any sex offender, but the sentence imposed is a bloody joke. In America, he would have been put away for 10 or more years as a starting point.
Violent offenders are not released on a tag.
[quote][p][bold]Micke12[/bold] wrote: 13 months. Means that in 6.5 months he will be automatically released, maybe earlier if he is released on tag with Home Detention Curfew. What a joke this sentence is and I call upon the CPS to refer this matter to the Court of Appeal as soon as possible with the intention of getting this sentence increased. How come you can be jailed for 10 years for stealing a bottle of milk from someone's doorstep, but only 13 months for sexually abusing a young girl of 14, especially when he knew she was only 14. I know that it is difficult for men sometimes to know the age of a young girl when she may lie about her age, but this was done knowing that she was under age. Should be placed on the offenders register for life, as should any sex offender, but the sentence imposed is a bloody joke. In America, he would have been put away for 10 or more years as a starting point.[/p][/quote]Violent offenders are not released on a tag. annotater
  • Score: -4

9:54pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Micke12 says...

annotater wrote:
Micke12 wrote:
13 months. Means that in 6.5 months he will be automatically released, maybe earlier if he is released on tag with Home Detention Curfew.

What a joke this sentence is and I call upon the CPS to refer this matter to the Court of Appeal as soon as possible with the intention of getting this sentence increased.

How come you can be jailed for 10 years for stealing a bottle of milk from someone's doorstep, but only 13 months for sexually abusing a young girl of 14, especially when he knew she was only 14. I know that it is difficult for men sometimes to know the age of a young girl when she may lie about her age, but this was done knowing that she was under age.

Should be placed on the offenders register for life, as should any sex offender, but the sentence imposed is a bloody joke. In America, he would have been put away for 10 or more years as a starting point.
Violent offenders are not released on a tag.
No, violent offenders are not released on tag, that is true. But, and this is a very important point, this man is not guilty of a crime of violence, he was found guilty of sexually abusing a 14 year old girl, whilst offering no violence towards the victim. Whilst under Part 1 of the Sexual Offenders Act 1997, it is unlikely that he will get HDC, it is not impossible as all cases are dealt with on an individual basis by the HDC management team at the holding prison, and if a recommendation is made by that team and accepted by the prison governor, then the case is forwarded to the Director General and through him to the Home Secretary. So, whilst it is unlikely, it is not impossible that this man might be granted HDC if exceptional circumstances are found to support such a release.
[quote][p][bold]annotater[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Micke12[/bold] wrote: 13 months. Means that in 6.5 months he will be automatically released, maybe earlier if he is released on tag with Home Detention Curfew. What a joke this sentence is and I call upon the CPS to refer this matter to the Court of Appeal as soon as possible with the intention of getting this sentence increased. How come you can be jailed for 10 years for stealing a bottle of milk from someone's doorstep, but only 13 months for sexually abusing a young girl of 14, especially when he knew she was only 14. I know that it is difficult for men sometimes to know the age of a young girl when she may lie about her age, but this was done knowing that she was under age. Should be placed on the offenders register for life, as should any sex offender, but the sentence imposed is a bloody joke. In America, he would have been put away for 10 or more years as a starting point.[/p][/quote]Violent offenders are not released on a tag.[/p][/quote]No, violent offenders are not released on tag, that is true. But, and this is a very important point, this man is not guilty of a crime of violence, he was found guilty of sexually abusing a 14 year old girl, whilst offering no violence towards the victim. Whilst under Part 1 of the Sexual Offenders Act 1997, it is unlikely that he will get HDC, it is not impossible as all cases are dealt with on an individual basis by the HDC management team at the holding prison, and if a recommendation is made by that team and accepted by the prison governor, then the case is forwarded to the Director General and through him to the Home Secretary. So, whilst it is unlikely, it is not impossible that this man might be granted HDC if exceptional circumstances are found to support such a release. Micke12
  • Score: 1

10:05pm Thu 12 Jun 14

zoe2xx says...

Unfortunately this man used to be a friend of mine. This offence is vile. Bring in the american laws he'd be serving a 50 year stretch just what he deserves!!...More girls need to take care of themselves and make sure their decision is a good one. 14 and meeting up with a 29 year old, not a wise decision. But i truely believe the fault lies with him. Im sure prison will be 'pleasant' for him
Unfortunately this man used to be a friend of mine. This offence is vile. Bring in the american laws he'd be serving a 50 year stretch just what he deserves!!...More girls need to take care of themselves and make sure their decision is a good one. 14 and meeting up with a 29 year old, not a wise decision. But i truely believe the fault lies with him. Im sure prison will be 'pleasant' for him zoe2xx
  • Score: 7

11:42pm Thu 12 Jun 14

OhTheIrony! says...

Why when the exact same thing happened to my child did the 'groomer and molester' not go to prison? Oh yes because it was a woman. To the ex friend of this man...The word groom - or to be groomed, takes any 'decision' away from the child. They get into the child's head and falsify a feeling of fake love and loyalty. Twisted and sick, decisions from the child's mind are overridden. Please change the law and give female groomers custodial time too.
Why when the exact same thing happened to my child did the 'groomer and molester' not go to prison? Oh yes because it was a woman. To the ex friend of this man...The word groom - or to be groomed, takes any 'decision' away from the child. They get into the child's head and falsify a feeling of fake love and loyalty. Twisted and sick, decisions from the child's mind are overridden. Please change the law and give female groomers custodial time too. OhTheIrony!
  • Score: 5

10:20am Fri 13 Jun 14

elloello1980 says...

zoe2xx wrote:
Unfortunately this man used to be a friend of mine. This offence is vile. Bring in the american laws he'd be serving a 50 year stretch just what he deserves!!...More girls need to take care of themselves and make sure their decision is a good one. 14 and meeting up with a 29 year old, not a wise decision. But i truely believe the fault lies with him. Im sure prison will be 'pleasant' for him
most 14 year olds are naïve (not a bad thing, just being young). absolutely zero blame lies with this girl. but I agree with your other points, and love your closing line ;)
[quote][p][bold]zoe2xx[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this man used to be a friend of mine. This offence is vile. Bring in the american laws he'd be serving a 50 year stretch just what he deserves!!...More girls need to take care of themselves and make sure their decision is a good one. 14 and meeting up with a 29 year old, not a wise decision. But i truely believe the fault lies with him. Im sure prison will be 'pleasant' for him[/p][/quote]most 14 year olds are naïve (not a bad thing, just being young). absolutely zero blame lies with this girl. but I agree with your other points, and love your closing line ;) elloello1980
  • Score: 3

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