Father caught in bed with girl, 14, jailed

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A 31-year-old father of three who was caught in bed with a girl of 14 has been jailed for 18 months at Worcester Crown Court.

Simon Pyrah, of Shakespeare Drive, Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and to possessing cannabis worth £1,000.

Lee Egan, prosecuting, said the girl's mother contacted police when she found her daughter missing from her bedroom on December 8 last year.

Officers went to Pyrah's home where the girl had watched a DVD before taking part in sexual play.

Police also found a white tub containing herbal cannabis worth £800 to £1,000. Pyrah was a cannabis smoker and it was accepted that it was his year's supply and he had not intended to market it.

Jason Aris, defending, said Pyrah had always been a hard worker and had obtained a full-time job making fence panels. He had three daughters under the age of 11. The probation service had assessed him as a low risk of re-offending.

Judge Michael Cullum said it was no mitigation to say that the sexual activity had been led by the girl. Although the encounter had been her idea, Pyrah had had the opportunity of not admitting her into his house but had been weak in allowing her in. He must sign on as a sex offender for ten years.

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