November 2015

Pervert avoids prison after sexually assaulting & taking indecent photos of 11-year-old girl

A MAN bribed an underage girl to pose in underwear for photographs and later sexually assaulted her – claiming that she had dreamt the abuse.

Alexander Hunt, aged 20, pulled down her pyjama bottoms as she lay in bed and performed an indecent act, a court heard.

He had earlier persuaded the 11-year-old to pose in underwear for photographs by giving her gifts including a webcam.

But a judge suspended his prison sentence after hearing that he had Asperger’s and did not realise the seriousness of what he was doing.

Hunt, of Wakefield Avenue, St Budeaux, had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assaulting the girl in November and December of last year.

He also admitted causing the child to engage in sexual activity by posing in her underwear for him to take photographs.

Brian Fitzherbert, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Hunt repeatedly went into the girl’s room at bedtime.

He added he persistently offered her bribes, including money and a webcam if she would pose for him in underwear.

Mr Fitzherbert said he took indecent pictures of her on his mobile phone “seven or eight times”.

He added Hunt went on to pull down her pyjama bottoms in bed and perform an indecent act upon himself while she pretended to be asleep or turned against the wall.

The court heard that Hunt reportedly told her that at least one of the incidents had been “a dream”.

Mr Fitzherbert said that she eventually told her mother what had happened.

He added that the girl had told police that reporting the matter “had been a weight lifted from her shoulders”.

Mr Fitzherbert said the youngster appeared “robust” but added that her mother said she had a tendency to “internalise”.

Nick Lewin, for Hunt, said: “He is a young man who has his own difficulties since being diagnosed as having Asperger’s at the age of ten.

“He does not understand how serious his behaviour has been. He does not understand how great the impact this would have on his victim.”

He added that Hunt was assessed as a low risk of reoffending.

Recorder John Trevaskis gave Hunt an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months.

He must do the Thames Valley course to tackle sex offending.