Sentenced for sex with 15-year-old

Sexual connection with an underage girl he met online has brought six months’ home detention for a man aged 19 at the time.

Daniel Zachary Davison, now 20, a beneficiary, of Alexandra, had been convicted of two charges of sexual connection with a young person aged under 16.

He received the sentence (with six months’ post-detention conditions) when he appeared in the Dunedin District Court this week.

The fact summary said that about October 24 last year, Davison and the victim were introduced online through friends.

The victim told Davison her date of birth and that she was 15.

She knew he was 19.

They began an online relationship using Facebook and Snapchat.

After an argument with one of her parents on November 5, the victim arranged for Davison to pick her up near her home in the Otago/Southland area.

She left her home without telling her mother or father.

Davison picked her up in a car driven by another male and they travelled to Davison’s home, arriving about 1am on November 6.

Davison took her into his bedroom. She remained in his company for the following hours.

At one point Davison asked her if she wanted to have fun.

He performed a sexual act on her and, a short time later, they had sexual intercourse.

In the early hours, aware the victim was missing, her family drove to Alexandra to try to find her.

About 7.30am, police went to Davison’s address and spoke to him. He admitted knowing the victim but said she was not at his home. However, a constable saw a female jump out of Davison’s bed and disappear through the house.

About two hours later, police went back to the address with the victim’s family.

The victim came out of the house and subsequently left with her parents.

Counsel Kieran Tohill said Davison had personal limitations.

"He struggles in a lot of ways but has kept out of trouble other than this. He is aware it is serious offending."

The relationship was Davison’s first of any kind.

He pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and had not previously been before the court, Mr Tohill said.

Judge Michael Turner noted there had were ongoing emotional and psychological consequences for the victim.

He also noted it appeared Davison’s admissions to police had been a significant factor in the prosecution.

A sentence of home detention would allow Davison to receive immediate therapy and counselling, the judge said.

A special condition of his home detention is that he disclose to probation details of any online or intimate relationship he commences, resumes or terminates.