No jail for Bebo pervert who had sex with 14-year-old girl

Published July 6, 2013 by misty534


A sicko who had sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on Bebo has dodged a prison sentence.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four counts of defilement of the girl between January 1, 2011 and May 7, 2011.

He was 19 when he had sex with the girl after first contacting her on social networking site Bebo by sending her a friend request.

The court heard the now 21-year-old man said he was a “randomer” after she asked him who he was following the request.

Gda Peter Kenny told the court the pair then started texting each other and when he asked her age she said she was 16 and he claimed to be 18.

They continued texting back and forth before she and a friend went to meet him.

She later went back to the man’s house with him where they had sex.

The court heard the girl also had sex with the man on two other occasions.

On May 9, 2011, she went to a Garda station in the city with her mother and made a written complaint.

The man was arrested on June 23 that year and made admissions immediately saying
the girl had told him she was 16 which he believed to be age of consent.

The court heard he had no previous convictions and has now been registered as a sex offender.

Under cross-examination Gda Kenny agreed the man was genuinely remorseful and pleaded guilty at an early stage of the investigation.

A character witness said that he had a very difficult upbringing and his family situation had broken down.

Mr Gillane told the court his client was subject to serious deprivation but had worked hard to put himself through college.

He insisted the man thought 16 was the age of consent but now accepts he broke the law and suggested being on the sex offenders’ register was punishment in itself.

Judge Patricia Ryan gave him a three years’ suspended sentence, on condition he keep the peace and be of good behaviour for three years.

The man has also been instructed to comply with probation services for 18 months.

He must also have no contact with the victim or her family and make efforts to address his unresolved psychological problems.


Irish Mirror

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