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Man Jailed For Abusing Autistic Teenager

April 23, 2010

This is awful. I can’t understand the way people like this think.

A man who had sex with a “vulnerable” autistic girl after meeting her mother via the internet has been jailed for more than three years.

Kevin Watson, 50 travelled from his East Sussex home to County Durham to meet the woman after striking up a friendship in a chat room.

He then built up a relationship with her 15-year-old daughter.

Watson, of Old Harrow Road, St Leonards on Sea, admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child.

He was jailed for 40 months and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

There was a degree of trust breached… you are someone that the family looked upon fondly
Judge Christopher Prince

Durham Crown Court heard the offences occurred at the family home while the mother was out, and at a budget hotel.

Prosecutor Jane Mitford said: “The defendant met the mother through the internet and that allowed the daughter access to the defendant.

Reading from Watson’s police statement, Miss Mitford added: “In summary he admits that he took advantage of a vulnerable girl.”

Passing sentence, Judge Christopher Prince said: “You built up a close relationship with the girl to the extent she would text you and call you ‘dad’.

“You must have surely realised that engaging in sexual activity with a young girl of this age, particularly when you were in a relationship with her mother, was likely to cause her real upset.

“There was a degree of trust breached but you were not her father or stepfather, but clearly you are someone that the family looked upon fondly.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathleen Miller permalink
    April 23, 2010 9:40 am

    I am disgusted by this As the mother of a Autistic Daughter this man is a animal. Three years what a joke the justice system is the NAS SOCIETY SHOULD GET INVOLVED AND APPEAL THIS SOFT SENTENCE. Although not entirely the the Mums fault when are Mothers going to stop introducing there kids to strangers they dont know the job as a parent is to protect.

  2. samedifference1 permalink*
    April 23, 2010 9:47 am

    Thanks for your comments Kathleen. I agree with everything you’ve said.

    Since you thought of involving the National Autistic Society, have you considered contacting them to ask them to get involved?

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