October 2007

Chilling warning to parents

THE mother of a sex assault victim has warned parents to be extra vigilant when allowing their children to play out after her daughter’s attacker was jailed for more than two years.

The woman, of Warrington, warned parents to be on their guard after her 14-year-old daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was duped into having sex by Sean Mills, aged 20, of Runcorn, on August 8.

She said: “As a parent you want to give your children more freedom and responsibility when they become teenagers, but people need to know these kinds of people are preying on young girls.”

The girl and a friend told their parents they were staying at each other’s house when they were actually meeting Mills and his friend, who they had got to know weeks earlier.

The two men bought the girls alcohol and smoked cannabis in a park.

However, Mills threatened to leave the girls after the victim’s friend broke her collarbone when she fell down an embankment.

The mother said: “He said he would leave the girls if she didn’t have sex with him. She initially refused, but did it because she was terrified.”

Mills, who was serving a suspended sentence at the time of the attack, was jailed for two years and four months at Chester Crown Court on September 21. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.