December 2009

Fylde paedophile walks free from court

A PAEDOPHILE who was “blinded by love” for a 14-year-old girl has walked free from court.

Preston Crown Court heard how store worker Dean Seedle, 33, had sex with the youngster on numerous occasions.

He sent the teenager explicit text messages and had also had sex with her in a shower.

The defendant, of Dobson Avenue, St Annes, was sentenced to 50 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years. He will be supervised for two years and have to attend a sex offenders treatment programme.

Judge Anthony Russell QC told Seedle: “Young people ought to be protected.”

He said he had taken into account that Seedle was naive and the girl had been a willing party.

Seedle could be effectively dealt with in the community, he added

Brett Gerrity, prosecuting, told the court the offences took place when the girl was on work experience at a shop in Blackpool.

Seedle formed a relationship with her which grew into a sexual one.

The sordid activity came to light when others became suspicious of the time they were spending together and called the police.

When officers questioned the girl, she told them what had been going on.

On his arrest, Seedle told pol-ice he knew what he was doing was wrong as he had researched it on the internet but had been “blinded by love”.

Julie Taylor, defending, said Seedle, pleaded guilty and had told his current employer about the case.

It had not been a case of sexual grooming and the girl was always a willing party, the barrister added, describing Seedle as “immature”.

She told the court: “He does not seek to blame anyone else for his actions. He accepts what he did was wrong. He gave into temptation.”

Seedle admitted five charges of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16 and was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

He was disqualified from working with children for 10 years and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order was made to restrict and monitor contact with children.

Det Insp Tony Baxter, of Blackpool CID, said Seedle would not be able to contact his young victim as a result of the sentence.

He added: “He admitted his guilt from the outset and we’re happy he has not put his victim through the ordeal of a trial.

“He will be heavily monitored and hopefully his victim can now begin to move on.”