Teenager admits child sex charge

Grant Pearson

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A 19-year-old man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl has been given 12 months’ custody.

Grant Pearson, of Aintree Road, South Shore, had pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual activity with a child.

Preston Crown Court heard Pearson had sex with the girl twice after they had met by accident at a bus stop and continued to contact each other by text and on Facebook.

Hanifa Patel, prosecuting, said Pearson had been fully aware of the her age.

The girl’s mother went on to find out what had happened and the police were called.

Janet Ironfield, defending, said: “He entirely accepts that he is to blame. He hasn’t sought to transfer any of the blame to the girl.

“There was genuine affection between the two. There had been Facebook chatter which in the main of entirely flirtatious.”

The court heard Pearson’s mother had died when he was 13 and his father had later left him imprisoned in Singapore.

Passing sentence on Monday, Judge Andrew Woolman also told Pearson he recognised there was “very profound mitigation” in his case.

He said: “You had very troubled years.”

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