The mum discovered the man was in her home after she heard the pair having sex, having initially thought it was the neighbours
A man has been jailed for three years after he was caught having sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl.
Hull Crown Court heard how Thomas Wray, now 25, was “confronted” by the girl’s mother when she heard them having sex in her home.
The mum initially thought the noise had been made by neighbours, HullLive reported .
The girl had lied to her mother about having a female friend round and the deception was uncovered when Wray was ordered to come downstairs.
Wray, who told the mum he was 18 and said his name was ‘Tom’, was asked if he knew how old the girl was.
He correctly replied: “Fourteen.”
Hannah Walker, prosecuting, said: “Part of the Crown’s case is the defendant knew, and always knew, her age.”
“He was informed the police would be called and did leave the property when asked to do so,” said Ms Walker.
The girl had tried to conceal evidence of their sexual relationship but then informed her mother, and forensic tests proved it.
Despite being arrested, a month later Wray was seen by police with the girl in his van and “drove off at speed”, successfully evading them. The same thing happened the next day, with Wray again evading capture.
He was then served with a child abduction notice, which he signed but then ignored.
Wray was arrested again a month later and when his mobile phone was seized, the screensaver was a picture of the two of them.
There was also a note relating to her 16th birthday with a picture of a heart and the words “We can finally be together and stop sneaking about”.
The girl had “run up a large telephone bill” calling Wray from home.
She initially refused to co-operate with the prosecution, but Miss Walker told the court on Friday: “Her feelings have changed, which is a relief to her mother. She [the girl] will be glad when it’s all over. She regrets everything.
“She regrets meeting him, speaking on the computer. She hates him for what he’s put us all through.”
Wray admitted sexual activity with a child.
Julia Baggs, mitigating, said: “He’s a young man of 25 years chronologically with no previous convictions. This is of course an indictable-only offence. He is described has having limited intellectual ability. He was looking for a relationship and found a person who matched his maturity and not his years.”
Jailing Wray for 32 months, Recorder Caroline Wigin told him: “I have read various reports upon you and I accept that in your thinking skills you are younger than your chronological age. But the history of this case shows that you repeatedly ignored warnings that you were given and went on offending.
“The complainant I find to be a vulnerable young woman of 14 years. You were served with a child abduction notice, which you signed. I’m quite satisfied that you understood what that child abduction notice was about, and I’m quite satisfied it was explained to you in full, yet you continued to have a sexual relationship with this girl.
“It is clearly heartbreaking to your family, who have cared for you since your birth, to find you in this position today – your actions reflect upon you, not them.”
Wray must register as a sex offender indefinitely, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.