Teen girl attacked after internet grooming

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A VULNERABLE teenager was subjected to a “degrading, domineering and humiliating” sexual assault when she agreed to meet a sex offender who had groomed her over the internet.

Kyle Gibbons, aged 23, manipulated his 14-year-old victim with sexually explicit chat after making contact through an internet chatroom for teenagers and via hundreds of MSN messages, Northampton Crown Court heard.

Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, described the victim, who lives in a village near Northampton but cannot be named for legal reasons, as more vulnerable than most girls her age.

He said: “The prosecution would summarise the messages in this way – the defendant was describing carrying out rough, aggressive and domineering behaviour toward her, what might be described as degrading.

“One thing the Crown says emerges from these conversations is the defendant displaying the unhealthy attitude he seems to have towards girls, women but also to sexual matters – worryingly unhealthy.”

The court heard Gibbons arranged to meet the girl on September 27 and travelled from Ipswich to Northampton and collected her from home.

After driving into the countryside, he initiated sex with her which became violent and domineering.

Mr Lowe said: “He went on to engage with her exactly the sort of activity he had described in many of the MSN messages; that is sexual activity which became increasingly aggressive, rough and domineering.”

The court heard it came to light when she confided in a school nurse and a medical examination confirmed the injuries she suffered.

Gibbons, of Rowarth Avenue, Kesgrave, Ipswich, who was originally charged with rape, pleaded guilty to four charges of meeting a child following sexual grooming and sexual assault of a child.

He was jailed for five years and will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Judge Christopher Metcalf said: “She was 14 at the time, intelligent but an emotionally fragile girl who was demonstrating disturbed behaviour, therefore rather more vulnerable than what is normal for a 14-year-old.

“You indicated you find young girls more eager to please in these messages but you took it further and transformed these fantasies into actions.

“Those of us who sit on the parole board are familiar with this sort of deeply entrenched and distorted attitude towards young girls and I have no doubt you will need to undertake work in prison to address this area of dangerousness.”

Dc Stacey Hill, of Northamptonshire Police’s child abuse investigation unit, said: “I’m very happy with the sentencing of this evil man who acted intentionally and in a predatory manner to take advantage of a young and vulnerable girl.

“I hope this brings some closure for the victim and I’d like to praise her for the bravery she has shown in cooperating with the police and bringing this man to justice.

“The internet gives paedophiles like Gibbons the anonymity to act more freely and gives them access to children who are not under direct parental supervision.”