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Jail for Broadwindsor man who got schoolgirl pregnant
10:05am Thursday 20th March 2014 in News
A MAN who ‘took advantage’ of a schoolgirl and got her pregnant has been jailed.
Christopher Dawe, 27, of Trusthams, Broadwindsor, admitted two counts of sexual activity with a child and was ordered to be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Dorchester Crown Court heard that the offences took place just months after Dawe had been served with a Child Abduction Warning Notice in relation to contact made via social media with another young girl.
Prosecutor Mark Ashley said that in the case relating to the most recent offences, the alarm was first raised by the teenager’s father in November, 2012, but the youngster denied any contact had taken place.
Dawe was arrested in November last year and admitted the contact when he was presented with DNA evidence showing he was the father of the schoolgirl’s child.
In mitigation, Tim Shorter said: “Mr Dawe has to accept, and does accept, that regardless of the extent of a relationship between them, she is the victim and must be treated as the victim.
“He accepts that the court is almost certainly going to give him a custodial sentence of some length and he accepts that at a point where he is ready to be released he has got to put himself in a position where he can take up that rather strange place in society occupied by released sex offenders.”
He added: “He is going to be under surveillance for a very long time and he accepts this has come about due to his actions.”
Judge Roger Jarvis sentenced Dawe to three years imprisonment on each count, to be served concurrently.
He ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and made him subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) to be in place until further notice.
Judge Jarvis said: “Even though you are before the courts for the first time I can see that earlier in time to these offences you had come to the attention of the authorities because a Child Abduction Warning Notice had been issued in July, 2012.
“After that, once again, you came to the attention of child services when a referral was made in September, 2013.”
He added: “At the time of these offences you were a mature man and she was little more than a child.
“Her feelings about you seem to have been confused.
“Certainly you took advantage.
“The consequence of your actions is the birth of a child and this young girl, rather than enjoying her teenage years has to cope with the responsibilities of bringing up that child.”
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