Real Stories Project

05/20/10: Man, 22, meets girl, 14

Press Association
Thursday September 25, 2003
The Guardian

A 22-year-old man embarked on a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl after meeting her in a Microsoft internet chatroom, a court heard yesterday.
David Hipperson travelled from his home in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, to Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, and booked into a hotel with the teenager on three occasions for their secret meetings.

The defendant pleaded guilty at Leamington magistrates court to one count of gross indecency with a girl under 16.

The court heard how Hipperson began corresponding with the teenager, who lives in Leamington, in the chatroom. She told him she was a 16-year-old student.

Hipperson was arrested on August 26 at a hotel in Leamington after the girl's parents alerted officers.

Sentencing was adjourned until October 16.