Man jailed for sexual activity with a child

Stephen Walker
Stephen Walker

A man described as a pillar of the community who admitted sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy has been jailed.

At a hearing at Northampton Crown Court today (Friday, October 25), Stephen Walker, 46, was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Northampton Crown Court

Northampton Crown Court

He had provided alcohol to two teenage boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, one evening in August 2012. The three then spent the evening at a flat which was being refurbished by married Walker, a father-of-three.

After falling asleep on a sofa, one of the boys, then aged 15, woke up in the night to find he had been stripped of all his clothes except his socks and was lying face down on the floor.

Prosecuting, Siward James-Moore said: “The defendant lay on top of him, kissing his legs and back. He was rubbing his groin area up and down (the boy’s) leg and put his hands between his legs.

“The victim didn’t do anything, because he was in shock. He just lay there.”

The 15-year-old then left the property saying he needed some air, and was able to flag down a police car.

Walker, of Station Road, Finedon, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, five counts of taking indecent photographs of a child and one count of possession of indecent photographs.

Sentencing Walker to 15 months for each count of sexual activity and taking indecent photographs, and one month for possession of indecent photographs, all to be served concurrently, Judge Lynn Tayton QC said: “One of the boys asked you to let him come to the flat with a friend and had asked you to provide alcohol.

“There is no suggestion of grooming or premeditation – I approach this on the basis that you took an opportunity which presented itself to you.”

But she added: “This was aggravated by the fact these two boys trusted you, because they felt able to go to sleep in your company.

“It is clear both these boys are affected by what happened that evening, and there are long-term effects. It’s clear their confidence has been undermined.”

Judge Tayton also said she had seen many character references for Walker which “speak of your enormous contribution over the years to community life.”

And she told Walker: “Your family has suffered by what might be termed ill-advised vigilante action.”

Walker was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and must comply with the terms of a sexual offences prevention order.