June 2010

Family of child sex victim ‘disgusted’ by sentence

THE family of a girl who was sexually abused by a Taunton man say they are disgusted by the two-year jail term he was given this week.

At Taunton Crown Court yesterday, judge Michael Longman was told how 38-year-old Sean Doel, of Laburnum Street, Taunton, had met the girl, who was under 16, and had exchanged sexually explicit emails and photos with the her.

He was also in contact with her on social networking website Facebook and by text message.

Prosecuting, William Hunter said that over a six-week period starting in December last year Doel had kissed the girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, later asking her to perform a sex act on him, which she did. He also groped her and performed a sex act on her.

On some occasions, both Doel and the girl had been drinking. Doel told the girl he loved her and also urged her not to tell anyone about the situation.

The abuse was uncovered by the victim’s mother, who found the girl’s diary.

Defending, Harry Ahuja said Doel had a pornography habit and was turned on by images of adult women dressing as schoolgirls.

He said Doel had some previous convictions but none of a similar nature

Doel had pleaded guilty to six charges of sexual activity with a child and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He had already spent 111 days in custody, which will count towards to the two year sentence, meaning he could be out on licence within a year.

He was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention order and will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

After the hearing, family representatives told the County Gazette: “We’re disgusted with the judicial system – it’s not fair compared to what he put her through. She still cries a lot and is very emotional.”