Stowmarket man who had sex with schoolgirl is locked up after suspended sentence is quashed

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

A Stowmarket man who had sex with a schoolgirl has been locked up for three years after his initial suspended sentence for the crime was quashed.

Dominic Gormer, of School Meadow, was originally given a two-year sentence of detention in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work in the community by a judge at Ipswich Crown Court in September.

The 20-year-old, who had no previous convictions, was also made the subject of a 10 year sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Gormer, then aged 19, exchanged Facebook messages with the 13-year-old before having sex in August last year.

He pleaded guilty to meeting a child following sexual grooming and also sexual activity with a child.

Judge Martyn Levett said he accepted the girl initiated contact and that Gormer refused to become involved with her at first because of her age.

After a referral by the Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP, the Court of Appeal today quashed the original suspended sentence and imposed an immediate custodial sentence of three years.

Speaking after the hearing, Solicitor General Robert Buckland said: “This was a serious offence carried out by a much older man who sexually groomed the victim.”