Text message reveals relationship with 15-year-old

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A 41 year old man’s illegal sexual activity with a 15 year old girl was discovered after he mistakenly sent her mother a text.

Paul Andrew Hammond pleaded guilty today to four charges of having sexual activity with the girl at two locations in West Suffolk. Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court committed Hammond, of Mead Road, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, to crown court for sentencing.

Nikki Miller, prosecuting, said the incidents happened when Hammond was giving her lifts home from after school activity. Kissing and cuddling had escalated to intimate touching until he sent her mother a text saying ‘I ache for your touch’.

Ms Miller said the girl had not objected to the behaviour.

Jeremy Kendall, mitigating, said: “Mr Hammond accepts he has let himself down, badly. He has lost his family and his job and is now living with his father.”

Hammond was remanded on bail with conditions that he must not enter Suffolk except for court appearances, must not contact the girl’s family and must not have unsupervised contact with females under 16.