Sunderland Echo

Underage sex pervert jailed for 6 years

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A MARRIED man who repeatedly had sex with an underage schoolgirl has been jailed for six years.

David Farrow started having intercours­e with her when she was just 14.

The 45-year-old, of Market Street, Hetton, already has a previous conviction for rape, dating back more than 20 years, where he targeted another underage girl.

Farrow admitted six charges of sexual activity with a child regarding the recent offences, which happened between September 2007 and December last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that when Farrow was arrested, he told police “she came on to me.”

Judge John Evans sentenced Farrow to six years behind bars, plus four years on licence.

He also imposed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which bans Farrow from having unsupervis­ed contact with teenage girls.

Farrow must sign the sex offenders register for life, and has been banned from working with children for life.

Judge Evans told him: “It is clear you have an interest in post-pubescent girls. That interest is a deviant interest. There is no doubt in my mind that you do constitute a risk of committing further offences in future.”

Caroline Goodwin, mitigating, said Farrow is willing to co-operate with sex offender treatment.

Judge Evans said it is clear Farrow’s offending had a “serious impact” on his latest victim.

After the hearing, Detective Constable Ian Chandler said: “This was a horrible, cynical offence where a man took advantage of a young girl and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

“It took a lot of courage for his victim to report what had happened to her, and I would like to thank her and her family for all their support throughout this investigat­ion.

“I hope the sentence handed out will help her and her family to start to move on from what has happened.”

The Northumbri­a Police Rape Investigat­ion Team was launched in October last year.

It works closely with CPS barristers who specialise in rape prosecutio­ns, Victim Support and the Reach centre, to give an improved service to victims and bring more offenders to justice.

The force also has two Sexual Violence Advisers, who can help victims with housing, benefits, childcare and medical issues.

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