Bus drivers jailed for having sex with 14-year-old girl
THREE bus drivers who worked on school runs in Warwickshire have been sent to jail for engaging in sexual activity with the same 14-year-old girl.
Parminder Mandier, 38, of Gulson Road, Coventry, and Anthony Cowan, 28, of Napton Road, Stockton, denied the offences and Ross Corby, 64, of Manor Farm Estate, Wolston, pleaded guilty when the trio faced a seven-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
The jury heard that the men, who worked for the same bus company, became friendly with the girl and made contact with her through text messages before arranging meetings, when sexual activity took place.
The offences were commited in 2010 and “chat logs” and excerpts from a diary kept by the girl were read out in court.
Charges against Mandier and Cowan were found proved on a unanimous verdict and they appeared back in court, alongside Corby, for sentencing on Friday.
Judge Nigel Godsmark told them: “All three of you were in a position of trust and took advantage of the immaturity of a 14-year-old girl for your own sexual gratification. There is no suggestion of any conspiracy between you, which I find difficult to accept.”
Jailing Mandier for five years he said: “This started out as an ill-judged bit of fun and developed into a full-blown sexual relationship. This was a sordid episode when you lost touch with reality.”
The Judge ruled that Mandier must serve half his sentence before being considered for parole.
Cowan was also given a five-year sentence and Corby was jailed for two years although he was told his behaviour was “appalling” and had a “disturbing element of corruption.”
All three men were placed on the Sex Offences Register and made subject of Preventative Orders, banning them from working with children or having unsupervised contact with females aged under 16.