A schoolgirl groomed for sex by a former air cadets instructor says the decision to spare him prison is ‘disgusting’.
Curtis Nicholson, 23, messaged the 14-year-old on Facebook before arranging to meet her.
The delivery driver, who had a girlfriend at the time, had unprotected sex with the schoolgirl in his bedroom as well as outside in wooded areas.
His victim, who cannot be identified, blasted the decision not to lock him up, adding: ‘He has got away with it.’
She said she feels he has been allowed to ‘live his life as if nothing has happened’.
She added: ‘I feel it’s no punishment. I wasn’t expecting years but could he not have just got a few months to sit and think about it? It’s just disgusting.
‘I feel like, in court, they simmered down how full-on he was. I had 70 missed calls one night because I wouldn’t meet him.
‘He said he was going to kill himself if I didn’t meet him. The pressure of that on a 14-year-old is hard enough.’
The court heard she has been left feeling anxious and isolated as a result of the offending, which has also damaged her self-confidence and self-esteem.
He admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child at Newcastle Crown Court on the basis he thought she was 16 and was given a suspended sentence so he can undergo ‘intensive rehabilitation’.
Judge Jeremy Freedman told Nicholson: ‘What you did was to effectively groom her. You sought her out and gradually persuaded her to have sex with you.’
He said: ‘You took advantage of her, which was totally and utterly unacceptable.’
But the judge suspended the 14-month prison term for two years so Nicholson could ‘submit to intensive rehabilitation to ensure this kind of behaviour is not repeated’.
Fiona Lamb, defending, said Nicholson had made ‘a stupid mistake’ and ‘says he should have known better’.
‘He didn’t think about the consequences to the victim or himself,’ she added.
Nicholson was also ordered to complete a sex offender treatment programme.
He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for five years along with a restraining order for ten years.