Festival Park pervert drives 120 miles to carry out sex act on boy, 15


A 21-year-old pervert drove three hours to Stoke-on-Trent – to carry out sex acts with a schoolboy at Festival Park.

Alistair Eccleston had started messaging the 15-year-old on Instagram when he drove from his Swindon home for the sexual rendezvous.

But the former retail worker was later arrested and has now admitted two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Now he has been handed a two-year jail sentence, suspended for 24 months.

Prosecutor Steven Bailey told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court: “They hugged and drove to a Festival Park car park. The defendant tried to kiss but he resisted. The defendant then began to touch and kiss his genital area. Each of them performed a sex act on each other.

“They stopped a few times when other cars drove past. He did admit he’d known he was 15.”

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The court also handed Eccleston a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He must also carry out 140 hours unpaid work.

Scott Ashdown, mitigating, said: “There is not grooming in the classical sense. There has, in effect, been a meeting of minds between a young man nearing legal age and the age where he is able to make choices and the age of the defendant where his age in terms of maturity is probably less than his chronological age.

“There are things that both individuals find in common and it’s that common ground, perhaps in relation to their sexuality and life experiences, where they talk. The discussions turned sexual.

“It is somebody who reached out to somebody else, it would appear more often in today’s society, online. Through that means emotions and feelings towards each other led to the meeting.”

The court heard Eccleston had risked being jailed by his actions.

Judge David Fletcher told him: “The three hour drive from Wiltshire to Stoke-on-Trent is a clear example of the determination which you showed to enable you to commit these two offences.”

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