December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
A former instructor at the Ipswich ski slope has been round guilty of having a sexual encounter with a schoolgirl in his car after a lesson.
James Trowern has been warned he could be jailed when he is sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court next month.
Trowern sent the teenager suggestive text messages, including one in which he made a reference to her breasts and she had been flattered by the attention, the court was told.
On the day of the incident more than six years ago Trowern, who was 20 at the time, sent the teenager a text message asking: “Where’s my goodbye kiss?”.
Prosecutor Joanne Eley said the girl had responded “Where are you?”.
Trowern, formerly of Suffolk, told her to meet him in the car park at the ski slope.
He added he had been waiting for her in a shady area, said Miss Eley.
The girl sat in the passenger seat of his car while he sat in the driver’s seat.
They had kissed before Trowern got the girl to perform sex acts on him.
The girl had then returned to the ski slope where she told a friend what had happened.
Some time later the girl told her mother about what Trowern had done.
But, at that time, her parents decided not to report the matter to the police, the court heard during Trowern’s trial.
However, in July 2011 the victim had seen Trowern in a restaurant.
Subsequently the girl decided she needed to contact the police and report the matter to them.
Trowern, 27, who now lives in Basingstoke, denied sexual activity with a child.
He also pleased not guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity between October 2006 and February 2007.
However, following a trial spanning four days, the jury found Trowern guilty of both charges.
Trowern denied the allegations and had claimed he did not know the girl, saying it was a case of mistaken identity.
The case was adjourned until next month. Judge David Goodin told Trowern the offences he had been convicted of were serious and did not rule out a custodial sentence.
“Custody remains very much at the forefront of my mind,” said the judge.