November 2009

Bournemouth-based student sentenced for sex with 13-year-old

A FOREIGN student who plied a 13-year-old girl with alcohol before having sex with her has been sent to a young offenders’ institution for 20 months.

Louis Campion, 19, from Jefferson Avenue, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to a single charge of sexual activity with a child on May 2 this year.

Prosecuting at Bournemouth Crown Court, David Bartlett said Campion had met his victim and two of her friends in Holdenhurst Road.

The girls agreed to go back to Campion’s flat with him and two other men.

“Once there, they were offered drink and had quite a lot of vodka,” added Mr Bartlett.

“The victim, who was nearly 14, went into a bedroom with the defendant. When he made a move she ran out of the flat but he persuaded her to come back. There were no physical injuries.”

During interview Campion, who is from Gambia, agreed that he had invited the girls back to the flat.

His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been “tipsy” and he had also been under the influence of alcohol.

Campion told police he had thought the girls were 16.

Mr Bartlett said: “The aggravating feature is that Mr Campion plied this girl with drink. Young girls like her still need to be protected by the law even when they do unwise things.”

In Campion’s defence, the court heard that he accepted he had made “an enormous mistake” but had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

His victim had been sexually experienced and her main concern was that she would be “grounded by her mother”.

Campion was “a hard-working young man” who had deferred a university place pending the outcome of the case.

Sentencing Campion, Judge Samuel Wiggs told him: “I have come to the conclusion that I cannot justify a sentence which is not immediate custody.”

Campion must register as a sex offender for 10 years and has been banned from working with children.