May 2010

Three sex offenders in car with girl of 15

A GIRL of 15 was in a car with three convicted sex offenders when police stopped them close to a North Yorkshire military base, a court heard yesterday.

The teenager was groomed by James Hudson on his release from prison for breaching an order banning him from having contact with children.

She was in the back of a Vauxhall Corsa with 19- year-old Hudson when police found them at the perimeter fence of RAF Leeming on January 18.

The driver and front seat passenger were men in their 20s and 30s who were fellow residents at Hudson’s hostel in York and also on the sex offenders’ register.

Hudson was put on the register and banned from having contact with under- 16s when he was convicted in January last year of two serious child sex charges.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Hudson, from Bedale, North Yorkshire, had been having sex with a 14-year-old girl he had befriended when he was 17.

He breached his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) last year by contacting a different girl, and Hudson was briefly on remand until the charge was dropped.

But weeks later, he rekindled the relationship for nearly five months before he was caught in the car with her in January.

He admitted breaching the SOPO and was sent to a young offenders’ institution yesterday for 12 months by Mr Justice Davis.

The judge heard how the teenager was also given a caution four years ago for a string of sex offences against a girl, starting when she was only three years old.

Mr Justice Davis told him: “You have already got quite a significant record for sexual involvement with girls under the age of 16.”

The court heard how the girl said she was in love with Hudson, but Mr Justice Davis said: “The indications are that you were encouraging her and grooming her.”

John Boumphrey, mitigating, said it was not a case of a middle-aged paedophile with a string of convictions targeting a teenager.

He said there was no sexual activity between the two, but Mr Justice Davis rejected suggestions Hudson had no such intentions.