Reid Barnes 'Barnesy' - Ripley Derbyshire - Paedophile Groomed & Lured 14 Year Old Schoolgirl Into Sex!
Reid Barnes, who also goes by the alias name 'Lewis Reid', has 11,000 Facebook followers, met the 14-year-old on the social networking site and started grooming her.
He arranged to meet her while he was in Newcastle on a modelling job only he ended up having sex with the youngster at the city's Castle Keep.
Barnes was jailed for a year last month for sexual activity with a child.
But the victim's family complained the sentence was too lenient and had failed to take into account the fact he had groomed her.
The 23-year-old has now been re-sentenced to four years in jail after a judge looked at the case again.
Recorder Eric Elliott QC, at Newcastle Crown Court, said: 'The case came before me on September 18 and during mitigation on your behalf I was persuaded this case did not merit a sentence on the basis of grooming.
'Subsequently it was brought to my attention that it had been the intention of the prosecution to open the case on the basis there had been an element of grooming.
'This is a case, because of the background and contact you had with the complainant before meeting her, that amounts to a feature which can be described as a significant degree of planning.
You now accept there was a background of flattery and manipulation. Contrary to what I was led to believe previously, there was direct contact between you before the meeting in this city.'
Recorder Elliott said the grooming moved the case into a more serious category in sentencing guidelines which judges must follow.
As well as the four-year prison sentence, Barnes has to sign the sex offender register indefinitely and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order aimed at keeping him away from children.
20th Sept 2015
The court heard Reid Barnes and two friends met-up with the girl when he travelled to Newcastle for a clothing line promotion on July 31 last year.The group had met at Monument Metro Station before walking to the Castle Keep, in the city, where Barnes and the victim started kissing.
Mehron Nassiri, prosecuting, said: “They then decided to play hide-and-seek and the defendant teamed-up with the complainant.
The complainant and the defendant left together and began kissing. They went down some stairs and there was a fence and another set of stairs and they went to a place where no one could see them.
The defendant asked if she was interested in having sex. She said ‘no, I don’t want to’. The defendant then said ‘stop being gay, why you being like that?’
“The complainant was sitting and the defendant was standing up. She says there was a silence for a while. The complainant then stood-up and said ‘The reason why, is because you’re older than me.’ However, the complainant doesn’t know if she said it loud enough for him to hear.”
The court heard Reid Barnes then grabbed the girl and turned her round and the pair had sex. Afterwards, Barnes and the victim found his other two friends and the girl went home.
But, Mr Nassiri said, she was too frightened to tell anyone of what had happened and, it wasn’t until police in Derbyshire contacted her family that the offence came to light.Mr Nassiri said: “On August 28 2014, police attended the defendant’s residence in Derbyshire and arrested him on suspicion of inciting a young girl to take part in sexual activity. They also seized his phone and they discovered the correspondence between the complainant and the defendant.”
Although no further action was taken on the other alleged offence, Barnes was arrested in relation to the sexual activity with the complainant.
He was initially charged with rape, which he denied, but later admitted the lesser offence of engaging in sexual activity with a child.
Locking him up for 12 months, Recorder Eric Elliott QC said: “You should have been responsible and realised it was wholly inappropriate for you to have the type of contact you had.
“One of the aggravating elements is that you ought to have realised the package of the age disparity, your career as a male model and drinking and buying food, must have seemed to her so attractive that she wanted to continue with the situation and you should have said to her that it was wholly inappropriate and you should have stopped the meeting.”
Mr Recorder Elliott said he accepted Reid Barnes hadn’t groomed the victim in order to meet her in Newcastle.
He said: “I accept that you posted the fact you were coming to Newcastle on Facebook and it was a general invitation to the world at large whether or not anyone cared to meet you and, to that extent, I accept there was no grooming.”
Vince Ward, mitigating, said Barnes, who had a previous caution for causing or inciting pornography involving a child from 2012, was remorseful and would lead a hardworking and law-abiding life once released from prison.
He said: “This was not a case of grooming, This was a spontaneous meeting between the defendant and the victim. The meeting was planned and instigated by my client but not to the victim individually. At the time, he had thousands of Facebook followers.”
Mr Ward added: “He should have had a more responsible attitude.” A family friend of the victim said the whole ordeal had left her devastated and they were disgusted with Reid Barnes’s ‘lenient’ prison sentence. Speaking after the case he said: “The sentence is an absolute disgrace and one the family will try and appeal.
“It had a devastating impact on them and it’s taken a long time for the girl to get over. I hope, now he’s been exposed, that people are aware and he doesn’t put another family through what they have
. Information was sourced from the Daily Mail, the UKDatabase, and The Chronicle
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