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The defendant, he said, had got in touch with the child over Skype and behaved very badly towards her. They had conversations of a sexual nature, he asked her to indulge in a sex act on herself while he watched. He would also engage in a similar act, but the girl fortunately did not do as she was asked and had simply pretended to do so, said the judge.
They handed the Facebook and Skype entries over to the police and Mottram was first interviewed in August He was not interviewed again until August although the report from the hi-tec crime unit which analysed his computer and phone was dated in February. The judge said he accepted the defence submissions that it had put the defendant and his family under strain. The delay was not of his making, he had admitted the offences at a preliminary stage, had no previous convictions and crucially there was a psychological report which said that his behaviour was directly linked to his Asperger syndrome.
The prosecution accepted those findings and while it was a very serious case, it was unusual and not typical of its type. He imposed a two year prison sentence wholly suspended and placed him on supervision so he can follow a one-to-one sex offender programme. The defendant admitted two counts of inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.
He pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child over the internet and possessing the indecent photograph of her. Prosecutor Jayne La Grua said part of the delay involved police investigations into further allegations but they had come to nothing and involved older girls. It turned out that the defendant appeared to prefer the company of younger people, it was alleged that he had been involved in a relationship with another young girl, and then contacted the victim. He spoke of meeting up with her and they spoke of having sex.
While they had met it was always in the company of others and nothing physical happened. After his arrest he had admitted breaching his bail by having contact with another girl, aged Mark Connor, defending, said his client was not a high risk of re-offending. The psychological assessment of him was crucial. It was clear that if the guidelines were followed in his case then it would lead to an unjust sentence in his case.
The offences occurred when he was lonely, immature and he had found himself more on a par with her socially. But he now appreciated how wrong it had been, he had learnt his lesson, and it was clear he would benefit from and would accept the one to one counselling he would receive. Judge Rhys Rowlands also hit out at the delay in the case which dated back to Get involved with the news in your community.
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