Older man tried to befriend girl of 13

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A MAN of 62 has been jailed for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order by chatting up and touching a schoolgirl as she waited for a bus at Doncaster Interchange.

The 13-year-old was left in distress after the complete stranger told her he ‘could be her dad’ before he began touching her, a court heard.

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

His barrister claimed Dobson was not 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.

Prosecutor James Byatt said the 13-year-old was sitting on a bench at the interchange until her bus came but Dobson sat next to her and engaged her 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, Ten Pound Walk, was arrested soon afterwards, immediately admitted breaking the order and said he ‘wished he hadn’t’.

The court was told he was given the SOPO and a prison term for kissing and touching a 15-year-old girl on a train and then breached it with another incident at a bus stop where he invited a 14-year-old girl to his home in Conisbrough.

Michael Cane-Soothill, defending, said Dobson, whose parents are still alive, said he had been of low intellectual ability since the age of 18 and was upset at the prospect of going to prison again.

“He doesn’t feel imprisonment helps him and says he won’t be doing this again. He appreciated what he had done and knows he shouldn’t have done it.”

Mr Cane-Soothill said the 13-year-old had been spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court by Dobson’s admission and the effect on her was minimised.

“It is clear he is an immature and insecure man with severe mental development problems.

“There was nothing more sinister than talking to girls and touching their arms. The primary driver in this case is his desire for a meaningful relationship rather than sexual thrills.”

Judge Davies said Dobson was a man who ‘concerned’ her because of his record.