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Tuesday 11 December 2012 Updated: 13/12 15:23
A PERVERT who gave a 14-year-old Stratford girl ‘options’ over what sex acts he wanted her to perform with him has been jailed for four years.
Alex Harradine, who had regularly contacted the girl after meeting her at a wedding they both attended, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
Harradine, 26, of Grosvenor Road, Luton, had denied five charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one of causing the girl to watch a sex act and one of sexual activity with a child.
But he was found guilty by a jury at Warwick Crown Court who also convicted him of attempting to sexually assault a younger girl while babysitting and two charges of causing or inciting that girl to engage in sexual activity.
During the trial the Stratford girl’s mother said that in March 2010 she was passing her daughter’s bedroom and heard her tell someone over the phone what time she left for work.
She then heard her daughter ask ‘the first choice is?’ and pause before asking what the second and third choices were.
The mother found a high volume of contact between her daughter and Harradine by phone and over the internet.
When she questioned her, the girl revealed occasions when he had exposed himself and got her to touch him, and he had sexually touched her.
She said Harradine had also sent her naked pictures of him sexually holding himself, which she had deleted, and asked her to send him one of her naked, but she had refused.
The girl said she had also turned down requests by him to perform sex acts on him and to have intercourse.
When Harradine was arrested he answered ‘no comment’ to all questions put to him about his contact with the girl.
But further investigations uncovered the fact that he had also abused a girl in Luton when her parents had used him as a babysitter when she was aged nine or ten.
Harradine claimed in court that none of the incidents had happened, and accused both girls of lying after trying to blackmail him - but the jury quickly rejected his story.
Marion Smullen, defending, said: “This is a young man of previous good character who was in full-time employment. But he is not the most emotionally mature young man.”
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