Judge ‘very surprised’ at police caution for Northampton paedophile who had sexual activity with young teenage girl

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A judge has expressed his surprise that a paedophile who admitted having sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl five years ago was only given a caution by police.

Lee Murray, aged 41, of High Street, Weston Favell, avoided court prosecution in 2011 after he was found to have engaged in sexual activity with a young teenage girl on three occasions after meeting her online.

Priyi Bakshi, prosecuting, said Murray had paid for the girl’s taxi fares to and from his address.

Murray was given a sexual harm prevention order in 2014, which had a number of conditions including a ban on him deleting his internet history or from contacting girls under the age of 18.

Northampton Crown Court heard on Tuesday Murray contacted a 14-year-old girl after she put an advert online on the Gumtree website appealing for baby-sitting jobs.

Ms Bakshi said Murray contacted the girl and pretended he had a 13-year-old daughter who needed an “older sister”.

Murray then sent the girl text messages from a different mobile phone pretending to be the daughter.

The court heard the messages were of a sexual nature.

Murray was arrested and several mobile phones were recovered from his address, and a number had the internet history deleted from them.

He pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of his sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Michael Fowler said he was “very surprised” that Murray had been given a caution by the police after he admitted having sexual activity with a child.

He said: “This case has a somewhat unusual history as you have not been in trouble with the courts before, although the circumstances you were given a caution lead me to be very surprised there was no court prosecution.”

Murray was given a three-year community order and must complete the sex offenders rehabilitation programme.