July 2019: Now living in Bishop Auckland
Man jailed for having sex with 13-year-old at party in County Durham
A pervert who had sex with a 13-year-old girl at a party claimed he was unaware of her exact age at the time.
Jamie Cullen, now 21, was jailed for two years after a judge said he believed there may be some doubt about his knowledge of the girl’s age, but he would have been aware she was under 16.
The incident stemmed from a party staged in County Durham.
Cullen, of Bank Top Terrace, Trimdon Village, County Durham, admitted sexual activity with a child at a previous hearing.
But, when he appeared at Durham Crown Court for the scheduled sentencing hearing last Friday (January 18) there was a dispute as to his basis of plea.
Julie Clemitson, prosecuting, said the Crown could not accept his assertion of being uncertain over the girl’s age at the time, as it was considered that he had been told by her own sister.
She told the court today (Tuesday January 22) she had previously made Cullen aware of her sister’s age.
But Cullen claimed he was unsure exactly how old the sister was at the time of the incident, although it was accepted she was underage.
Jailing him, Judge Christopher Prince told Cullen the appropriate sentence, according to the recommended guidelines, would have been three years had he not pleaded guilty.
The judge added: “I have also considered carefully if this is an appropriate case for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, or a restraining order, but in both cases I think it is not.”
But he told Cullen that his name will be entered on the Sex Offenders’ Register, of which he will be subject for the next ten years.