July 2019

Man pestered girl, 14, into sex

A Rugby man had sex with a 14-year-old girl after putting pressure on her to send him pictures of herself naked.

And it was left to a friend to inform Irah Meakin-Wong’s mother that he would not be going home – after he pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to sexual activity with a child.

Meakin-Wong, 21, of Lodge Road, Rugby, was jailed for two years and five months, and was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Prosecutor Gary Venturi said that in 2017 Meakin-Wong began exchanging messages with a 14-year-old girl, beginning in a friendly tone, but then turning sexual.

He was aware of her age, but began pestering her to send him naked pictures of herself, and sending her intimate pictures of himself.

Meakin-Wong then started to put pressure on the girl to take part in sexual activity with him, telling her in one message: “Go on, I’ll get you fags and alcohol.”

Eventually she agreed to meet him in a park, and after buying alcohol they went to an address where they had sex.

A few days later she told her mother what had happened and the police were contacted.

When Meakin-Wong was arrested he admitted there had been sexual activity with the girl, but claimed he thought she was over 16.

But Judge Anthony Potter observed: “He knew she wasn’t over 16 because there’s a stark exchange of messages in which she said ‘I am 14.’”

Of the impact of the offence, the court heard that in a statement the girl says: “It has made me feel worthless.

“I feel ashamed at the way I let him take advantage of me. I felt really pressurised into meeting him.

“He also gave my number to one of his friends so his friend could contact me to have sex with me.”

And she said that as a result of what happened she has self-harmed, adding: “I keep thinking I want to kill myself.”

Jailing Meakin-Wong, Judge Potter told him: “I sentence you following your guilty plea to sexual activity with a child, a girl who at the time you began to communicate with her was 14.

“You began to pester her first for pictures of her body and then, with a degree of persistence, began to pester her for sexual intercourse. There was clearly grooming activity.

“She thought the only way you would stop was if she gave you what you wanted.”