Sex of­fender who groomed girl, 14, jailed for two years

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court - By Court Re­porter

A 27-year-old man who “groomed” a teenage girl be­fore com­mit­ting a sex­ual act in her pres­ence has been jailed for two years. Wil­liam Ed­ward Frear, of Brunswick Gar­dens, Hal­i­fax, was cleared by a jury at Brad­ford Crown Court last Novem­ber of a num­ber of other sex­ual al­le­ga­tions re­lat­ing to the same com­plainant, but he was con­victed of en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity in the pres­ence of a child.

The court heard that Frear was 24 and the girl, who can­not be iden­ti­fied for legal rea­sons, was about 14 when he started kiss­ing her and then per­formed a sex act on him­self.

Frear, who will now be sub­ject to reg­is­tra­tion as a sex of­fender for the next 10 years, also ad­mit­ted a fur­ther charge of com­mon as­sault which re­lated to an in­ci­dent in a Hal­i­fax pub when he pushed a man over.

He re­ceived a con­cur­rent sen­tence of one month in pri­son for that of­fence.

Bar­ris­ter Joanne Shep­herd urged Judge Peter Ben­son to con­sider sus­pend­ing the pri­son sen­tence on the fa­ther-oftwo, but he said Frear had “groomed” the teenage girl and there was a sig­nif­i­cant dis­par­ity their ages at the time.

“It’s clear to me that you were at­tracted to this young girl and you went about pur­su­ing a re­la­tion­ship with her and groomed her,” the judge told Frear.

The judge noted that Frear had shown no re­morse and said there was no rea­son to sus­pend the pri­son term.

As part of his sen­tence Frear will be sub­ject to a sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der for five years which re­stricts his con­tact with girls un­der 16.

Jailed: Wil­liam Ed­ward Frear

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