A SHAMED businessman who had unprotected sex with a 14-year-old boy after collecting him from his school gates has been jailed for 30 months.
Robin Jones, 49, of Rawthorpe Lane, Rawthorpe, Huddersfield, met the youngster, who cannot be identified, after being contacted by him over the Gaydar website.
The teenager’s website profile suggested he was 19 but Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Jones became aware of the fact that he was only 14 before the meeting in November last year.
Prosecutor Rupert Doswell said the defendant collected the boy, who was wearing his school uniform, from the school gates and took him to an area where sexual activity took place between them.
“After this the defendant simply dropped the complainant back at the school gates and told him he would be in touch,” said Mr Doswell.
Jones, who had no previous convictions, was traced through a subscriber check on his mobile phone.
Last month the defendant admitted three charges of sexual activity with a child and one of meeting a youngster after sexual grooming.
Jones’ lawyer Timothy Jacobs said he felt shame and remorse for what he had done and in no way sought to blame the complainant for his actions.
But Mr Jacobs submitted that Jones had experienced immediate feelings of regret after the meeting with the boy at a school in Bradford and realised very quickly that what he had done was wrong.
He described how Jones had undertaken professional counselling in the subsequent months because he realised that there were issues which needed to be addressed properly.
Mr Jacobs said Jones was a family man with a business and he had lost a lot already as a result of his offending.
“He knows he has brought a terrible thing on his family and he is remorseful for it,” added Mr Jacobs.
Jailing Jones, Judge David Hatton QC said he had committed very serious offences which had caused damage to the complainant and his family.
The judge said he had tempered his initial sentence after taking account of the matters in mitigation raised on Jones’ behalf.
For the rest of his life Jones will have to register as a sex offender with the police following his release and Judge Hatton also imposed an indefinite sexual offences prevention order which restricts his unsupervised contact with under 16s.