Sunderland man committed sex acts with child in cinema

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A MAN has been detained in hospital after admitting having sexual activity with a child in a cinema.

Shaun Dinsdale met the 13-year-old girl, who was in her school uniform, in Mowbray Park in Sunderland on March 14 last year, while she was playing truant with a friend.

Dinsdale, who was 18 at the time, approached the girl’s friend and told her that he “fancied” the girl, before asking her to accompany him to the cinema that evening.

She agreed and whilst watching a horror film in the back row, Dinsdale exposed himself and the pair engaged in a consensual sex act.

The girl later told a member of staff at her school what had happened, who then informed the police and Dinsdale was arrested on March 28 2012.

An ex-girlfriend of Dinsdale’s who was in the park during the meeting, told the defendant that the girl was only 13, to which he responded: “I know”.

Dinsdale, who has a long history of mental health problems, was remanded in Northgate Hospital, Morpeth, which was given as his address in court.

Amanda Ripon, prosecuting, said: “They went to see The Woman In Black at 8 o’clock and sat in the back row.

“The defendant had began to cuddle her before they engaged in the act.”

Robert Spragg, defending, said: “It was a consensual performing of a sex act on Shaun by a 13-year-old girl when he was 18.

“No physical violence was used at any stage.

“Although it was wrong and inappropriate there was no physical harm on that girl at all.”

Judge John Evans acknowledged that Dinsdale had learning difficulties, and is prone to irresponsible and aggressive behaviour.

Sentencing him to an indefinite hospital order, Judge Evans said: “You engaged in thoroughly inappropriate behaviour with a 13-year-old girl at a time when you knew she was only that age.

“There’s a risk of you committing further offences if you stay at large.

“You will be detained to such a time until it is felt it is safe to return you to the community.”

Dinsdale also pleaded guilty to the theft of a computer keyboard from a Newcastle City Library.