Teenager who had sex with girl aged 12 freed

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A TEENAGER convicted of sexual activity with a young girl has walked free from court.

A court heard although the girl was only 12 years old she had wanted to have sex with Kieran Dixon and the activity between them had been consensual.

Dixon, 18, of Maple Crescent, Leigh, had been convicted of sexual activity with the girl but found not guilty of a more serious charge of raping her after a trial.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that on the night of the offence both Dixon and his friends had been drinking as had the girl and some friends.

The girls went to Dixon’s home and after a while Dixon, who was then 17, went upstairs with the girl and she spent the whole night in bed with him.

Judge John Phipps said today, “The allegations brought by the prosecution were that you had committed an offence of sexual activity with this girl by means of an act of sexual intercourse.

“The jury was not sure that had taken place but convicted you of the lesser alternative count of sexual activity not involving penetration. In my judgement the evidence was clear that you must have been aware of what was going on despite your protestation that you had no recollection of this girl or friends being at your house. You had been involved inviting her back to the house. The sexual activity was plainly consensual. On her evidence she was an active participant in what happened, there was no coercion or persuasion. It was suggested and it took place.

“I saw her giving evidence and she came over as a mature and self-confident young woman who knew her own mind.”

He sentenced Dixon to 12 months supervision with a four-month curfew between 9pm-7am with an electronic tag. He also ordered him to sign on the Sexual Offences’ Register for seven years and warned him that if he breaches the order he could face a custodial sentence.