Teenager raped schoolgirl after meeting her on Facebook

A Hampshire Police custody picture of Charlie White, 18, of White Hart Lane, Fareham, who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl just nine weeks after leaving prison for a sex assault on a 13-year-old girl when he was aged 16.
A Hampshire Police custody picture of Charlie White, 18, of White Hart Lane, Fareham, who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl just nine weeks after leaving prison for a sex assault on a 13-year-old girl when he was aged 16.

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  • 18-year-old from Fareham committed offence after being released from prison for previous sex attack
  • Victim tells Portsmouth Crown Court she wants to die after assault
  • Victim’s mother says Charlie White groomed her daughter before meeting her
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A SERIOUS case review has been launched after a teenager raped a 15-year-old girl nine weeks after leaving prison.

Charlie White, 18, was freed in September after being jailed for sexual assault of a girl, aged just 13, when he was 16.

I just want to die to be honest, I don’t want to be here any more

Charlie White’s victim

But the teenager went on to convince a 15-year-old girl to meet him and then raped her.

Now a multi-agency group has launched a serious case review looking to see if anything went wrong.

Speaking to The News, the victim’s mother, from Portsmouth, said: ‘He had been grooming her on Facebook.

‘He’d only just come out of prison in September, then nine weeks later he did that to my daughter – she’s a young girl. That’s what made me angry and hurt.

‘I feel the justice people who deal with people who come out of prison have failed.’

She added: ‘We’ve just got to be strong as a family.’

It comes as harrowing video footage of the rape victim telling how the attack changed her life was played in court.

Tattooed White listened holding his head with one hand as the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she just wanted to die following his actions.

White had met the girl on social media about three weeks before he raped her.

Speaking on video at Portsmouth Crown Court, she said: ‘I just feel like a different person – I feel like it’s ruined the rest of my life.’

She added: ‘I just want to die to be honest, I don’t want to be here any more.’

Labourer White, of White Hart Lane, Fareham, was convicted of one count of rape by a jury following a trial.

At times the girl felt she was unable to go in the witness box but she bravely did so – helping secure White’s conviction.

The girl recorded a video with police at the Treetops Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Cosham.

She told how she started to self-harm and how the attack devastated her life, leaving her unable to go out or concentrate at school.

She said: ‘I feel a different person, I don’t feel like me, I want to get back to myself.

‘When I go outside I feel paranoid, I feel like everyone stares at me all the time, I feel like people know.

‘Sometimes when I look in the mirror I feel like I have a rape face. I feel like you can tell that I’ve been raped.’

The court heard White attacked the girl in December last year after the pair met.

At one point she told him to stop and he replied by saying ‘alright I’m sorry,’ said defence barrister Timothy Akers.

White had met the girl with her friend, who stood just yards away from where the rape took place.

Jailing White for five years, Recorder Nicholas Atkinson QC said: ‘The law is there to not only protect women but also to some extent to protect children from themselves.

‘It’s clear that the activity started as consensual at the outset, however it came a time when it wasn’t.’

He added White swapped messages on social media with the victim, who asked him why he did not stop when she asked him to.

Mr Atkinson added: ‘That reflects the gravity of what occurred and you, not surprisingly, made three suggestions that the conversation should be deleted but it wasn’t.’

He also added that a pre-sentence report with the probation service said White had not showed victim empathy or understanding of how the girl felt.

He said: ‘Your observation that you should have made sure she was over 16 meeting her... that sort of observation didn’t reflect well on you.’

White, who has previously been convicted of a sex offence when he was 16, told probation he was ‘in the wrong place in the wrong time’, Mr Atkinson added.

White was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and Mr Atkinson imposed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order banning him from having unsupervised contact with girls under 16 and from contacting the victim.

Defending, Mr Akers said White had some mental health issues, including cognitive difficulties and anger management.

He read a letter from White to the judge, which said: ‘I want to apologise to the victim for what happened.

‘I can’t begin to explain how sorry I am, I really wish I could change it.’