July 2011

Magistrate, 55, invited young girl to have sex with him

A MAGISTRATE in Gloucestershire left a 14-year-old girl frightened and shocked after he invited her to have sex in his car, a crown court heard.

In the end the girl panicked and ran away from David Jones, 55, said prosecutor Jennifer Josephs.

When he went looking for her, he was seen by the girl’s father, who took his car keys and called the police.

Jones, of Blenheim Close, Ross-on-Wye, pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was ordered to be under the supervision of the probation service for three years and to attend a community sex offenders programme.

He has signed on the sex offenders register for five years and Judge Robert Juckes QC also made a ten-year sexual offences prevention order.

Lynne Matthews, defending, said it was a perplexing case as Jones had an outstanding record of public duty for the past ten years. He had acted out of character in “a moment of madness”.

Medication

He suffers from Parkinson’s disease and had been taking medication which had been known to increase sexual desire.

Worcester Crown Court heard that the girl had got into Jones’s car to use his mobile telephone because hers had run out.

When he made a coarse remark, she got out and ran off, said Miss Josephs.

Police found condoms in his car and he smelled of vodka, although he was not over the drink-drive limit.

He also said he was impotent and that he had been working as a magistrate around the county.

Miss Matthews said there had been no threat or coercion to the girl.

The case had caused him to lose his wife, home and three daughters, who were refusing to speak to him.

He had to stand down as a magistrate and lost his job as a driving test examiner.

Judge Juckes said the girl had asked to use Jones’s phone but when she was in his car he made the invitation to have sexual intercourse.