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Suspended sentence for man who became 'obsessed' with girl, 15
A YOUNG Tidworth man who developed an obsession with a 15-year-old girl has been banned from contacting her or returning to Wiltshire after admitting sexual activity with a child.
Winchester Crown Court heard on Friday that Kelvin Williamson, 22, continued a relationship with the girl despite having been warned to stay away from her by police.
The couple met last year and stopped seeing each other after the police warning in July. The girl’s mother had been informed of what was going on and had become concerned. But in November the pair resumed contact through social networking site Facebook, after the girl heard that Williamson had been harming himself.
At Winchester Crown Court, Williamson was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, having pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a child.
Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Barnett told Williamson: “It is quite plain that you had become obsessed and the danger is that you will continue to be obsessed with this young woman. She must be allowed to get on with her life and put this dreadful experience behind her.”
He said Williamson had sex with the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, between February and May this year, and added: “You were 22 and she was 15 and was somebody you had known before.
“You had been warned last year by the police – a significant fact. You must realise the law is there to protect people such as this 15-year-old.”
He said that a psychiatric report showed that Williamson, who had no previous convictions, was somebody with mental health problems.
The judge said it made more sense for him to impose a suspended sentence so that if Williamson committed any further offences within the two-year suspension period, he would be brought back to court.
He ordered that Williamson, who now lives with his parents in Suffolk, should not enter Wiltshire during the suspension period.
Williamson was also made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for ten years, requiring him to stay away from the victim, and banning him from contacting her.
It also included conditions on his contact with under-age girls. Williamson was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
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