Paedophile, 21, avoids jail after driving 200 miles to abduct girl, 15

Paedophile, 21, avoids jail after driving 200 miles to abduct schoolgirl, 15, he had groomed on dating website while pretending to be 17

  • Charles Fraser-Varney, 21, drove from Norfolk home to Monmouthshire in Wales
  • Here he picked up the 15-year-old girl after telling her online that he was only 17
  • She jumped out of her window and they spent the night in the grounds of castle
  • Judge gave Fraser-Varney two-year community order and made him go to rehab
  • The defendant was also forced to register as sex offender for the next five years

Charles Fraser-Varney, 21, travelled from his home in Thetford, Norfolk, to Monmouthshire in Wales to get the schoolgirl

A paedophile who drove over 200 miles to abduct a 15-year-old girl he had groomed on a dating website has avoided jail.

Charles Fraser-Varney, 21, travelled from his home in Thetford, Norfolk, to Monmouthshire in south-east Wales to get the schoolgirl.

The child, who has not been named, jumped out of her bedroom window to meet him after he told her he was 17, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

The victim’s mother told the court in a statement she was terrified when she saw her daughter was gone, according to the Eastern Daily Press.

She said: ‘When I realised she wasn’t in her bedroom, there was sheer disbelief. I felt my heart had been ripped out of my chest.’

Fraser-Varney kissed the girl during their night in the grounds of a castle, the court heard. The girl was found the following day.

Police arrested the paedophile in Scotland in January after he was caged for driving while disqualified.

He confessed to sexual activity with a child, child abduction and talking sexually to a 15-year-old.


Fraser-Varney (pictured) kissed the girl during their night in the grounds of a castle, the court heard. The girl was found the following day

Prosecutor Roger Griffiths said the defendant – who appeared in court via videolink from prison – had previously been convicted for persuading a 14-year-old girl to run away with him in 2016.

This was one of 15 previous convictions for 40 offences.

Laurence Jones said his client deserved credit for pleading guilty and showing remorse.

Judge Daniel Williams at Cardiff Crown Court (pictured) heard how Fraser-Varney had already been locked up for eight months – as he was in custody on remand – getting just one hour a day out of his cell due to the Covid crisis

Judge Daniel Williams also heard how Fraser-Varney had already been locked up for eight months – as he was in custody on remand – getting just one hour a day out of his cell due to the Covid crisis.

Judge Williams said: ‘You have a sexual interest in young girls and you are entirely manipulative and dishonest.’ 

He gave him a two-year community order and said he had to attend a 25-day rehab as well as a sex behaviour programme.

Fraser-Varney now faces five years as a sex offender and had to pay £85 as a victim surcharge.

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