A PERVERT who had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl is today behind bars.
Judge Jonathan Gibson told Glenn Munnery that what had happened was every parent’s nightmare’ when he appeared for sentence at Preston Crown Court.
The 24-year-old’s crimes took place while he was on a community order for battery against another 15-year-old girl he had previously been seeing.
The court heard the girl’s father was unhappy when Munnery, of Pickmere Avenue, Marton, entered into a relationship with the girl.
He complained to the authorities and the defendant was served with a notice of the Child Abduction Act, indicating he was not to associate with the girl on January 26
But the girl was reported missing in March and was not found until four days later.
Kirsten McAteer, prosecuting, said a forensic examination found DNA matching Munnery’s on an item of her clothing.
The defendant made no comment in two police interviews in March and May.
But he later pleaded guilty to one charge of child abduction and another of sexual activity with a youngster.
Janet Ironfield, defending, said Munnery had not been aware the girl was under 16 until he was served with the notice and it had been a loving relationship.
Miss Ironfield told the court: “She didn’t wish the order to be complied with. She continually sought the defendant out, coming to his accommodation, often late.
“He would decline to let her stay the night.
“She has continued to make contact with him during his time on remand.
She has written a vast number of letters. That contact was stopped when the prison services became aware of it.
“He remains concerned for her emotional well being.”
Last November, Munnery was given a 12 month community order for two offences of battery and was also made the subject of a restraining order. This related to his former partner, another 15-year-old girl.
Munnery was given two years prison and told he will be on the sex offenders register for ten years and also subject to a sexual offences prevention order.
Sentencing him, Judge Gibson told Munnery: “You were told in clear terms by the notice you were not to remove her from the lawful control of her parents.
“Her parents were, it is quite obvious to me, extremely concerned about their daughter.
“I accept it wasn’t necessarily you who was responsible for the fact she wanted to leave their care, but frankly, what happened is every parent’s nightmare when they have a teenage daughter and I’m afraid you grossly ignored the notice served upon you by continuing your relationship.”