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Paedophile had sex with 14-year-old – after being spared jail for internet grooming

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A SEX offender who targeted a schoolgirl within months of being spared jail for grooming a 12-year-old has been branded a danger and put behind bars.

Mark Forster, of Hill Rise, Washington Village, was given an “exceptional” opportunity to keep his freedom last April after he convinced a 12-year-old girl to send him naked pictures online to “improve her confidence”.

But just months later, Forster preyed on a 14-year-old girl.

The 21-year-old, who should have been abiding by the terms of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) which banned any contact with children, repeatedly had sex with the schoolgirl, who he invited into his home.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Freedman said Forster poses a “high risk of serious harm to children” and sentenced him to four and a half years behind bars.

The judge told him: “These offences are aggravated by the fact they were committed at a time when you were subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which prohibited unsupervised contact with any child under 16.

“Sadly, you have very little insight into the impact which your sexual behaviour has had and would have on young girls in future.

“You have, what is described in the reports, as distorted thinking.

“I am entirely satisfied you do pose a high risk of serious harm to children by the commission of further offences.

“In this case there needs to be an extended sentence for the protection of children in the future.”

Forster will be subjected to a three year extended licence period, on top of the four-and-a-half year jail term. He must abide by a 10-year SOPO.

Last April, Forster was sentenced to a three-year community order with supervision and group work.

He was told he must abide by the terms of a sexual offences prevention order for five years and register as a sex offender for five years.

Judge James Goss QC said he took the “exceptional” course of allowing Forster to keep his freedom in a bid to prevent potential future offending.

Just five months later Forster had targeted the 14-year-old, who he knew was underage.

Forster admitted three charges of sexual activity with a child and one of breaching a SOPO.

Vic Laffey, defending, said Forster, who demonstrates a significant amount of “immaturity”, has commenced work to try to address his behaviour while on remand and will continue to co-operate.

 
 
 

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