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I agree, but he has recently divorced and as a result he regularly uses the internet to arrange 'no complications sex', he does not specifically target young girls, in fact i have met a few of his lady friends and they are all thirty - forty plus, in this instance he was told by the girl that she had lied to get on the data base of the website (over 18's only) and was not 18 but only 17.
as far as i am aware he simply took her word for it that she was 17.
he has no previous convictions, especially not related to this type of crime ,
perhaps there is something he isnt telling us all, but i dont know what?
if he was aware she was only 15, and 'went back for more', then, although he is a good friend, he deserves all he gets, but I'm not aware of that being the case.
all hid friends were surprised he was not bailed until his case came to court.
you think there has to be more to it?
is that the only reason they have to remand him into custody?
Is there anything we can do to help him, he had been told that there is no defence (ie. sex with someone under the age if 16 consenting or not is statutory rape and he is guilty - end of story!!)I don't think he has appointed his own solicitor,