Sex attacker spared jail for assault on schoolboy, despite string of similar crimes

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A SEX attacker who lured a schoolboy away from a field where he was playing football with friends has walked free from court.

Christopher Race encouraged the boy to leave his group and subjected him to a sex attack once he had him alone.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the attack happened in Sunderland five years ago, in the summer of 2010, when Race was 14 or 15.

Since then, the now 20-year-old, who is of no fixed address and is formerly from South Shields, has been convicted of two further sexual offences.

In July 2011 he was convicted by Sunderland Magistrates of inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

In June 2012 he was locked up by magistrates in North Durham for 18 months for similar offending.

Race pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity in relation to the 2010 attack on the boy.

He also admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order made in 2012 by befriending a 16-year-old boy.

Judge John Evans sentenced him to a community order for three years with a sexual offences prevention order and sex offenders registration for five years.

The judge said the prison sentence Race has served since since the attack should be taken into consideration, even though it was for a different offence.

Judge Evans told Race: “You took advantage of this young boy, encouraged him to leave the field where he had been playing football with his friends.

“This was upsetting not just for the boy, but his parents too.

“I believe there is no point in sending you back to custody at this stage for these offences, which took place now nearly five years ago.

“What I am concerned about is the future and the safety of the public generally.”

The judge said the probation service will work with Race’s “distorted thinking” during the currency of the order and programme requirements.