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Man Alleged To Have 'Exploited' Vulnerable Girl

Wednesday September 4 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A MAN 'exploited' a vulnerable 15-year-old girl for sexual purposes, it was alleged in court.

Steven Dex Kerley, 25, took advantage of the girl who was difficult to control and suffered from Asperger's Syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Prosecutor Peter Hampton said her vulnerability was 'in essence manipulated by the defendant'.

A Sheffield Crown Court jury was told the teenager believed she was in a normal, mature relationship with the defendant and was not supporting his prosecution.

Kerley, of Cemetery Road, Grimethorpe, denies one offence of sexual activity with an underage girl between January 25 and February 2.

Mr Hampton said her parents were struggling to control the girl's behaviour last September and would call out the police when she went missing.

She started staying out against their wishes and began seeing a man whom the prosecution say is Kerley.

Kerley was issued with a child abduction warning notice by the police stating the girl's age and that her parents did not give permission for him to be with her.

But despite the warning, Kerley continued to see the girl, said Mr Hampton.

Matters worsened until Kerley's car, with the girl in the front passenger seat, was involved in a crash with another car near South Kirkby on February 13.

The girl walked quickly away and Kerley was seen to wipe down the doors and throw items into a hedge.

"It was an attempt to get rid of any DNA which could be linked to the girl on the inside of the vehicle," said Mr Hampton.

The girl needed treatment at Barnsley Hospital for a cut to her head but denied being with Kerley, saying she had fallen off a fence in a park.

Kerley was later arrested on suspicion of child abduction and scientists were able to match the girl's DNA to an airbag which inflated in the crash. Knickers seized from her bedroom also showed Kerley had participated in some form of sexual activity with the teenager.

Kerley admitted child abduction over the car incident but maintained he thought she was 17. He denies sexual touching.

He claimed she had pursued him after he was given the warning notice by police.

The trial continues.

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Reply Posted by kip on Wednesday September 4 2013 at 11:05
Whats betting he will be rewarded with a suspended sentence.The law is an ass in this country.

Reply Posted by biggie on Wednesday September 4 2013 at 12:14
whether there is 10 years between them or not, you can see that they are clearly in a relationship but having to hide it because of what the law states. having asperges doesnt mean shes incapable of making her own decisions its just an excuse to make the story look worse. the common law needs to buck down on what really matters, rape, murder and hard crime, and stop trying to find justice in pathetic cases such as underage sex. its happening, deal with it

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday September 4 2013 at 12:52
god biggie. You scare me. Pathetic cases of underage sex.
Horrible attitude. I'm just wondering how you would feel if your daughter was having underage sex with an older guy,
.I,d be devastated.

Reply Posted by Alan on Wednesday September 4 2013 at 15:34
The mans done wrong they should give him 12 year minimum how would you feel if it was your child he as more or less raped the poor girl repeatedly discusting this law all messed up if it was up to me I would not realise the man again

Reply Posted by pete on Wednesday September 4 2013 at 19:27
dont be stupid biggie under age is under age end off if he cared for her he would have waited untill she was not under age and persued a platonic relationship the fact she is has Asperger's is no excuse eaither she will have that all her life at 21 if she met a man is he takeing advantige of the fact she has Asperger's NO !! as a genral rule of thumb 25 well get some common seance u muppet and go for only those 18 and up then u wouldent be in this boat you deserve to be put on the sex offenders register mainly due to your own stupidity

Reply Posted by lol on Wednesday September 4 2013 at 20:23
What was mr [HAMPTON] doing.

Reply Posted by Millay on Friday September 6 2013 at 05:43
Ya right pete there how would you like it biggie stuck in your daughter bet the approach would be considered more serious regarding the offence then??

Reply Posted by biggie on Friday September 6 2013 at 12:27
he has not raped any one stop over reacting, she clearly wants to be with him or she wouldnt keep going back. personally i wouldnt do it, and im not saying its not wrong by rule of law but it happens , every day more than people know. so just because she is classed as disabled its become a massive issue. talk about equal rights and what ever but its clearly not happeing is it

Reply Posted by sid on Friday September 6 2013 at 13:30
Underage sex is wrong. Its not about one case in particular,its about every case. In your last post you said,..its happening, deal with it.
That's the wrong attitude biggie. Its wrong, were will it all end if each time the law is broken,we just deal with it. No,sorry,we have to protect the children. With a lax attitude,the lines that are not to be crossed are getting further away. Its wrong, as I said earlier,you scare me.

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