Man, 21, jailed for sex with teenage girl

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

A MAN was jailed for 16 months after hav­ing sex with a girl de­spite know­ing she was un­der the age of con­sent.

Nathan Hole, of By­ron Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, met the girl through so­cial me­dia and ini­tially be­lieved she was over 16, a court heard.

But de­spite re­al­is­ing that she was younger than 16, Hole had sex with her, a hear­ing was told.

Hole, 21, ad­mit­ted en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a mi­nor at a hear­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 7.

Caro­line Har­ris, coun­sel for the pros­e­cu­tion, told the court that the pair had struck up a friend­ship on so­cial me­dia.

Ms Har­ris said: “The com­plainant told her mum she was stay­ing with friends but stayed with Mr Hole.

“Her mother was un­aware of the fact that the com­plainant was sex­u­ally ac­tive.

“When the com­plainant’s mum found out she asked her daugh­ter if she would be up­set by any of the texts on her phone.

“The com­plainant be­came up­set and was cry­ing, and ad­mit­ted she had sex with Mr Hole and that she knew he was 21-years-old. “Mr Hole was ar­rested.” Ju­lian Far­ley, de­fend­ing Hole, told the court that his client re­gret­ted his ac­tions.

He said: “He made a full ad­mis­sion to po­lice and ac­cepts that she was not 16.

“He pleaded guilty at the first op­por­tu­nity.

“He has shown re­morse.”

Judge El­gan Ed­wards, sen­tenc­ing, or­dered Hole to be put on the sex of­fender’s reg­is­ter for 10 years, and handed him an in­def­i­nite Sex­ual Of­fences Preven­tion Or­der.

He said: “This is a sad case.

“Your be­hav­iour was in­no­cent ini­tially, you thought she was 16 but re­alised she was not.”

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