Suffolk DJ given community order after admitting to kissing a 14-year-old schoolgirl
A Suffolk DJ has been given a community order after admitting kissing a 14-year-old schoolgirl while giving her a ride in his limousine and exchanging sexually explicit text messages with her.
Joey London, of London Road, Shadingfield, near Beccles, had previously admitted four offences of sexual activity with a child from February and March, and was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.
The court heard London, 36, had met the girl at a pub and after messaging her on Facebook and through text messages, kissed her on four occasions.
Michael Crimp, prosecuting said the girl had invited London and his partner to be her friends on Facebook and later London and the girl had exchanged mobile phone numbers.
Mr Crimp said that after a couple of weeks of constant texting London had taken the girl for a ride in a limousine he used for his business and had kissed her.
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He told the girl the situation they were in was 'weird' and said if she wanted him to stop texting her she should tell him and he would understand.
Mr Crimp said the girl had attended a disco put on by London at a village hall and had asked him when she was going to kiss him again.
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He had then taken her behind his disco and kissed her.
London subsequently kissed the girl on two further occasions.
The offences came to light after the girl's father asked to look at her phone because he was concerned about how much time she was spending on it and saw the text messages from London.
Steven Spence, for London, said his client had no previous convictions and he handed Judge Fenn a number of references from people who spoke highly of him.
He said London had been flattered by the girl's interest and had acted 'blindly' without any thought of the consequences of what he was doing.
'He was an older and more mature man who should have known better,' said Mr Spence.
He said the physical contact between London and the girl went no further than the four kisses the court had heard about.
Judge Peter Fenn said he had brought disgrace on himself and his family.
He said that in a victim impact statement the girl said she had liked London and had never felt in danger from him.
'She said she felt safe and that if she had told you to stop you would have,' said the judge.
However he said that what had happened had left the girl feeling confused and she was seeking counselling.
London was sentenced to a community order with two years supervision during which he will have to attend one-to-one sessions based on the Thames Valley Sex Offenders' Programme.
London was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for seven years banning him from contacting the victim of the offences and from having any unsupervised contact or communication with girls under 16 without the consent of a parent or guardian who had been told about his convictions.
He was also ordered to pay �750 prosecution costs and was ordered to sign the sex offenders' register.