Man jailed for having sex with 15-year-old girl

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A Boston man who had sex with a vulnerable 15 year old girl has been jailed for 29 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Robert Craven and the girl were among a group of youngsters who spent an evening at the Axe and Cleaver pub in Boston before returning to Craven’s flat.

Sarah Gaunt, prosecuting, said Craven had a lot to drink but the girl had only had “a few sips” of alcohol during the evening and what she described as “a couple of puffs of cannabis”.

Craven’s flat mate agreed the girl could stay the night and believed she would be safe sleeping on a mattress inside Craven’s room.

Miss Gaunt said that the girl went to sleep fully clothed and her next recollection was of Craven trying to get her to sleep in his bed.

Craven started kissing her and despite her pleas to him to stop he began indecently touching her.

The girl told Craven she was under age but he went on to have sex with her.

Craven,22, now of Peterborough but who was living in Haven Court, Quaker Lane, Boston, at the time of the incident admitted three charges of sexual activity with a child between 5 and 8 April 2012.

He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. Harpreet Sandhu, defending, said Craven should be given credit for his guilty plea which had spared the girl from having to give evidence in front of a jury.

“He was older than her but he presents as a relatively immature 22 year old.”

He said Craven had a difficult early life and from the age of 17 had to fend for himself after his mother asked him to leave home.


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