‘Sex predator’ is behind bars

Richard Frasi
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A TEENAGER has been locked up by a judge who dubbed him a “dangerous sexual predator”.

Richard Frasi carried out a sex offence, while on bail for a similar crime.

He also broke the terms of a sexual offences prevention order by having telephone contact with two girls under 16.

Frasi has been sentenced to a total of 29 months detention at Preston Crown Court.

Frasi, 19, of Charnley Road, Blackpool had pleaded guilty to one offence of sexual activity with a child and two others of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said the first offence involved a 14-year-old girl who had gone missing from home early last year.

Inquiries suggested she was at a flat in Fleetwood.

A relative of the girl went to that address, which was not the defendant’s home.

The defendant told the relative the girl wasn’t there.

Somebody else at the flat called back to confirm the girl was hiding in the bathroom with one of her friends.

It seemed the girl had been drinking cider.

She had bites on her neck and Frasi also had one on his neck.

In police interview, he spoke of having been in company with the girl.

He said she had taken drink without him suggesting it and that she had been the instigator of what followed.

That offence happened at a time he was on bail for another offence of sexual activity with a child.

The court heard he was sentenced for that earlier offence in July last year and given a three year community order.

This case had involved touching a 13-year-old girl over her clothing.

The same month as the sentencing, he had telephone contact with two girls aged 15 and 14.

One received a text message, asking how she was doing.

The other became aware of that and ended up having a phone conversation with him.

He later told police one of the girls had instigated contact.

Those offences happened within a week of him being given a sexual offences prevention order.

Alan Wolstenholme, defending, told the court “He is perhaps a victim of his own mental immaturity.

“He has no insight into the nature of what he does, which would constitute the breach of the order and the sexual activity.

“He is a relatively naive individual. He doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation he finds himself in. There is no suggestion of coercion here.

“There was no direct physical contact with the other two girls. He has been taught a salutary lesson and is genuinely remorseful.”

Judge Norman Wright told Frasi: “It is clear to me your offending has to be viewed in the context of your previous convictions.

“It seems to me you are a dangerous sexual predator to under 16-year-old girls, the sort of girls who are not in a position sometimes to look after themselves and who the law protects.

“I accept you are a troubled young man with a troubled upbringing.

“You are motivated by your own sexual desires”.

Frasi was told he will be on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for seven years.