June 2013

Four years jail for sexually abusing ‘vulnerable’ teenager

A FORMER Glastonbury man who sexually abused a teenaged girl, described as “a vulnerable individual”, has been jailed for four years.

Glen Andrews-Howe, 38, now living at Primrose Close, Calne, Wiltshire, admitted four charges of sexual activity with a child under 18 and his victim was under “considerable pressure” not to report it to the police, Taunton Crown Court was told.

He later told officers he knew it was wrong and admitted having sex when she was 16.

He stopped pestering her when she asked him to and she refused to continue, said William Hunter, prosecuting.

Referring to pre-sentence reports, Judge David Ticehurst said the defendant did not realise his behaviour was illegal. He added “Any right-minded person would find a description of these offences abhorrent and disgusting, apart, it seems, from the defendant”.

Derek Perry, defending, said he had been “open” in explaining what happened.

He added: “He’s eligible for the Thames Valley Sex Offenders programme and that’s more constructive for society at large than a prison sentence”.

Giving full credit for his early pleas of guilty, the judge said it was clear he failed to take full responsibility for his behaviour.

“It’s said by you that your offending was at her instigation. “Even if that was correct, a more mature person in a position of trust should have said no.

“It was a calculated and deliberate abuse of a child who should have expected to look for support,” he added.

The judge said Andrews-Howe refused to recognise any fault on his part. He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and was given a sex offences prevention order and banned from working with children.