Man jailed for sexual activity with a teenage girl - Hatfield


A man, who had sexual activity with a Hatfield teenager half his age, was jailed for 4 years today, Friday, 11 March 2016.

Marc Baker, aged 33, had given the girl alcohol and pizza when she and friends, who he had met outside a pub, had visited his home on earlier occasions. On the day of the sexual activity, the 14-year-old had been drinking at his home and felt unwell, St Albans Crown Court heard. She went to lie down on his bed and he joined her and engaged in sexual activity with her. Afterwards, Baker told the girl not to say anything about what happened or he would "get his sister onto her."

Baker, of Downsfield, Hatfield, was found guilty, by a jury, by a majority of 10 to 2, of having sexual activity with a child.

Anita Aurora, defending, said Baker was of low intelligence and had not asked the girl her age. She said he realised he should have been more careful. "The offence was totally out of character. He had drunk too much himself and got carried away," she said.

Judge Jonathan Carroll told Baker: "You were putting your own sexual needs before anyone else, including the needs of the 14-year-old girl, a child who needed to be protected, even from herself."

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