Sex pest 62, locked up for touching girl

Court case
Court case

A CONVICTED criminal has been locked up again after breaching a court order by touching a schoolgirl as she waited for a bus.

The 13-year-old was left distressed after the complete stranger aged 62, tried to befriend her at Doncaster’s Frenchgate Interchange. He told her he “could be her dad”, before touching her.

It was the second time Christopher Robert Dobson has breached a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which banned him from having any contact with girls under 16.

His barrister claimed Dobson was not sinister or seeking sexual thrills but wanted a “meaningful relationship”.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the breach of the five-year order imposed in February 2010 and Judge Jacqueline Davies jailed him for 16 months at Doncaster Crown Court.

Prosecutor James Byatt said the girl was sitting on a bench waiting for her bus when Dobson sat next to her and engaged in conversation.

He asked her age, if she was still at school and about her parents. When she said she didn’t see much of her father, Dobson took hold of her arm and told her: “I could be your dad.”

The girl felt uncomfortable and when she got on the bus made sure she sat next to an older woman.

As soon as her mother saw her at home later that afternoon her daughter hugged her and seemed very anxious, said Mr Byatt.

Dobson, who was living at the Restover Lodge in Ten Pound Walk, was arrested soon afterwards and immediately admitted breaking the order and said he “wished he hadn’t”.

He had been jailed and handed the order for kissing and touching a 15-year-old girl on a train. He breached it when, at a bus stop, he invited a 14-year-old girl to his Conisbrough home.

Michael Cane-Soothill, mitigating, said Dobson had “severe mental development problems” and was upset at the prospect of going to prison again. “He won’t be doing this again,” Mr Cane-Soothill added.

Mr Cane-Soothill added the girl had been spared giving evidence because of the guilty plea.

Judge Davies said Dobson was a man who “concerned” her because of his record.