Policeman jailed for sex with 14yo

15Nov06

A probationary policeman has been jailed for a year, and placed on the sex offenders’ register for ten years, after pleading guilty to sex with a girl under the age of 16. He also faces dismissal from the police force.

From The Manchester Evening News (14 Nov 2006):

POLICEMAN JAILED FOR SEX WITH 14 YEAR OLD

A probationary policeman was jailed for a year today after having sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl he met over the internet.

Pc Christopher Billinge, 26, drove cross-country from Lancashire to Sunderland to have sexual intercourse with the under-age teenager when her parents were on holiday.

Billinge, a constable with Lancashire Police, met the girl in an internet chatroom and was soon sending her very explicit MSN text messages, emails, mobile phone text messages and ringing her up.

The girl, who cannot be named from legal reasons, told Billinge she was a year older and would be soon be turning 16.

However, the policeman – who claimed to be just 22 – did not wait until she was 16 and instead waited for her parents to be away and left in the care of her grandfather before travelling from his home in Chorley to Wearside in September last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how he charmed her grandfather and took the girl out for a pizza before returning to her home and having sex with her.

“It is quite clear that although she did mislead the defendant that she was 15 and not 14, it is quite clear that she was not 16 and it was significant criminal offence to have sexual intercourse with her,” said prosecutor Christopher Knox.

“There is compelling evidence from the MSN messaging that he fully understood that she was 15 – under 16.

“There are at least 11 references of her not being 16.”

Among the MSN text messages recovered from the teenager’s computer were conversations from Billinge.

“He asks if she is feeling randy and makes clear what he would do to her,” Mr Knox said.

Billinge also asks when her 16th birthday is and makes references to ticking clocks.

Suspicious

Mr Knox said that the girl’s mother became suspicious of Billinge’s relationship with the teenager because he was so much older than her.

“She wanted to know why a 22-year-old man would be friends with a 15-year-old,” the prosecutor said.

When Billinge realised that the girl’s mother would be contacting the police, he destroyed his computer to hide evidence of the explicit internet chats with the teenager.

He was then arrested and immediately suspended by Lancashire Police. He know faces the sack.

Ray Herman, defending, said the Cardiff University graduate, who was brought up in Liverpool, was of exceptionally good character.

He added: “He has lost his good name, both in the community and amongst his family and friends.

“It is a disgrace he is finding hard to bear.”

Billinge changed his plea on the eve of his trial and admitted one count of sexual activity with a girl he knew to be under 16. Another charge of sexual grooming was ordered to lie on file.

The Pc kept his head bowed throughout the proceedings.

Passing sentence, Judge Esmond Faulks told the defendant: “It is quite clear you understood that she was below the age of consent.

“Despite knowing that you visited her in September and stayed overnight, had sexual intercourse with her and left the next day.”

Billinge was jailed for 12 months and put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

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6 Responses to “Policeman jailed for sex with 14yo”

  1. This was a clear cut case of abuse of trust. This man was a probationary police officer and as such he knew he was abusing his position. As for the underage girl ‘misleading’ Billinge this in no way mitigates his accountability. Billinge knew precisely what he was doing and what he ‘wanted to do to the girl’ and as such sought to control the girl sexually.

    Billinge’s lawyer said ‘it is a disgrace he (Billinge) is finding hard to bear.’ I believe it is not the ‘disgrace’ but the fact Billinge was found out and convicted.

  2. 2 Miss Andry

    Is this the tip of the iceberg? How many other phallic wielding men are abusing women to satisfy their own carnal desires? All men are animals and should be castrated not put on the sex offenders register.

  3. The police force needs to clean house if it is to get universal respect.

    http://news.aol.co.uk/men-not-paedophiles-if-girl-is/article/20061119053609990001

  4. 4 delphyne

    You know I heard that when a man is described in court as of good character, all it means is he’s never been convicted of any crimes. It’s not much of a standard. I’m glad he’s in prison even if it is only for a short while.

    What’s with the name Miss Andry? You sound a bit trollish to me. Most adult men manage not to travel half way across the country to have sex with an underage girl.

  5. You’re right Delphyne. The standard for “good character” for men is quite low, whilst women have to prove they’re the Virgin Mary. Double standards.

  6. *Facing* dismissal?!? That sounds like there’s some kind of doubt. Jeez, surely the baseline for being in law enforcement is somewhat higher than that, at least in principle…


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