Teenager who had sex with 14-year-old girl in Southampton is spared jail

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Curtis Goodwin outside Southampton Crown Court.
Curtis Goodwin outside Southampton Crown Court.

A TEENAGER left a 14-year-old girl feeling "dirty" after taking advantage of her and having sex with her, a court heard.

Southampton Crown Court heard Curtis Goodwin had sex with the girl in Southampton last summer when he was 17.

Prosecution barrister Tom Wright told how the victim was trying to get cannabis when she spoke with Goodwin - but he then preyed on the vulnerable girl.

The court heard the girl was vulnerable due to her age and although Goodwin knew her age, he continued.

Goodwin, now 18, pleaded guilty to three charges of engaging in sexual activity with the girl, and one of inciting her to engage in sexual activity.

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In a statement read out in court, the girl said she has lived with the effects of the crime since it happened, and the impact has been “catastrophic”.

She said: "I wonder how I will learn to live with what happened. I have become depressed and I’m 15 years old.

“It ruins what I am doing whether that be schoolwork... I feel dirty and I can’t wash it off.”

Mr Wright called for the judge to impose a restraining order for five years barring Goodwin from contacting his victim.

Defending, Gemma White asked the judge to consider Goodwin’s age and lack of maturity.

She added: “Everything that I say on behalf of Mr Goodwin does not wish to detract away from the impact on the victim.

"This is an extremely serious sexual offence against a young girl.”

She said the offence had been “opportunistic” and Goodwin had not sought out the sexual activity.

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Goodwin, now of Springcroft, Gosport, was previously subject to a child abduction warning notice in 2020.

Judge Christopher Parker QC said Goodwin “took advantage” of the victim.

The judge handed Goodwin two years in youth detention but suspended this for two years.

A restraining order was also granted with Goodwin also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

He must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and must sign on as a registered sex offender.

Addressing the defendant, Judge Parker added: “If you get involved with young girls again you will receive a very long sentence indeed.”

For support contact Southampton charity Yellow Door's helpline on 023 8063 6313.

Alternatively, call the Treetops Sexual Assault Referral Centre run by Solent NHS Trust on 0300 123 6616.

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