A "PREDATORY" 22-year-old man has been jailed after he made a 13-year-old girl pregnant and later sparked a police hunt when he ran away with her.
Oliver Fearnall, of Meadow Walk, Droitwich, first met the girl shortly after her 13th birthday, Worcester Crown Court was told. He went with her to a funfair in Stourport and gave her drinks of vodka, white wine and lemonade until she passed out, Michael Aspinall, prosecuting, told the court.
She woke up in a stranger's house in Kidderminster with "love bites" all over her neck, Mr Aspinall said.
She did not see Fearnall again until he asked to be her friend on facebook using a false name. She accepted and she then realised it was him. They developed a relationship on the internet and she met him in a flat above an abandoned shop in Kidderminster, where they had sex on three occasions, Mr Aspinall said.
The girl became pregnant and told her mother, who called police. She had a termination to end the pregnancy, Mr Aspinall said.
In October last year, they got in contact again and agreed to run away together, travelling to Lichfield in Staffordshire and going missing for two to three days. While the girl was sleeping on a park bench, Fearnall decided what he had done was wrong and ensured he could be picked up on CCTV walking around the town and allowing police looking for them to find him.
Miss Diljit Bachada, defending, said a psychiatric report showed Fearnall had mental health issues but they were not serious enough for him to be in a hospital. She said he had the maturity of a 14 or 15-year-old boy.
Judge Abbas Mithani, QC, said Fearnall had exploited a vulnerable child.
"She might not realise now the effect this has had on her but when she does realise how she has been abused she might never overcome the psychological damage," he told Fearnall.
The fact that she had become pregnant made it even more damaging, the judge told him and it would have been even more serious if they had had sex after he ran off with her.
This type of "predatory" offending rightly caused the revulsion of the public and could only be met with a jail term, he said.
Fearnall pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual activity with a child and was given three years and eight months concurrent on each count. He also pleaded guilty to child abduction and was given a 12-month consecutive sentence, making a total of four years and eight months.
He was also given a sexual offences prevention order banning him from working with children until further order and will have to give notification as a sex offender indefinitely.