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Cumbrian man had sex with 13-year-old girls, court told

A man who had sex with two 13-year-old girls has been jailed.

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Adam Jackson

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Adam Jackson was 19 years old when he began his relationship with one of the girls, who had just turned 13 when he persuaded her to have sex with him.

That “relationship” went on for 18 months, with the girl later telling police that she always agreed to sex because he “had a temper” and she was worried about what would happen if she said no.

Jackson, now 21, of the Glendale Holiday Park, Port Carlisle, admitted nine counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child – three offences against one girl and six specimen charges relating to the second schoolgirl.

He was sent to prison for three years and nine months.

Prosecutor Jonathan Dickinson told the court how Jackson met his first victim in October 2011 when she was 12.

They began going for walks and shortly after she turned 13 he asked her what she would do if he kissed her.

“She replied that she didn’t know what she would do and he then kissed her on the lips,” said Mr Dickinson.

The barrister said the girl was a troubled youngster, who regarded Jackson as a good listener.

“He gave her cigarettes,” said the barrister, who outlined how Jackson began to regularly have sex with the girl every week.

At one stage, Jackson told the girl that what he was doing with her should be kept a secret, but the sexual contact ended in June of last year after the girl’s mother forbade him to be alone with her.

In August 2013, Jackson sent a text message to the second girl, asking her the same question that had been the precursor to his sexual contact with the first girl: “What would you do if I kissed you?”

Once again, just weeks after she turned 13, he began having sexual activity with her.

When challenged, Jackson claimed he had just flirted with one of the girls on Facebook, but denied sexual contact with either.

Barrister Brendan Burke, representing Jackson, said he was previously of good character and had found it difficult to cope with the break up of a previous legitimate relationship.

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Hughes QC told Jackson that he must have known that his first victim had been particularly vulnerable.

“It was a grave abuse of the trust that young girl placed in you,” he said. “What harm it will have caused her for the future is incalculable.

Commenting on his treatment of both girls, the judge added: “You were sufficiently older and worldly wise to know that what you were doing was simply wrong.

“You were doing it for your own sexual gratification.”

As well as imposing the jail term, the judge placed Jackson on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years and imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

He also barred him from working with children and vulnerable adults.


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