Suspended sentence in teen abductor case

York Crown Court

York Crown Court

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A teenager was charged with child abduction after running off with a girl who had been reported missing.

Kieran Isherwood, 19, from Whitby, booked himself and the girl into a bed-and-breakfast in Sleights.

During their stay at the B&B, Isherwood and the girl had consensual sex.

She was eventually found at a bus stop in Sleights and Isherwood was arrested on suspicion of child abduction.

He appeared for sentence at York Crown Court on Friday after admitting the offence at a previous hearing.

Prosecuting barrister Simon Reevell said police investigations revealed that Isherwood and the girl had travelled from Whitby to Sleights and spent an afternoon in a guest-house room with a four-poster bed.

He claimed there had been an element of grooming in Isherwood’s behaviour towards the girl.

Defence lawyer Mark Partridge said Isherwood was immature for his age but not a predatory groomer of young girls and the girl had willingly gone to Sleights with Isherwood and contacted her parents “so they had a fair idea where she had gone”.

“She said she didn’t want to go home and he stayed with her, and therefore he accepts he abducted her,” added the defence solicitor.

Judge Colin Burn told Isherwood there was “no evidence to suggest you are a predatory paedophile”.

The judge said there was “a world of difference” between a man Isherwood’s age running off with a girl and grooming offences committed by men in their 40s and 50s.

Isherwood, of Abbey Terrace, Whitby, was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution, but this was suspended for two years.

He will be supervised by officers from the Probation Service, and educated on the effects of sexual activity with people too young to give lawful consent.

Unemployed Isherwood, was also made to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work and sign on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.