Woman, 25, groomed and assaulted young girl

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A Newmarket woman, who judged beauty pageants, groomed and sexually assaulted a young girl suggesting they could go Florida together.

Twenty-five-year-old Charlotte Holl, of Elizabeth Avenue, exchanged hundreds of text and social media messages with the girl.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Tuesday how Holl, who pleaded guilty to four offences of sexual assault, and one of being an adult who met a girl following grooming, had no previous convictions.

Prosecuting, Robert Sadd told the court Holl had touched the girl’s inner leg over her clothing, kissed her, and put her arm around the girl’s waist.

She had suggested to the girl that she was considering living with her and that they could go to Florida together.

Mr Sadd said that Holl had given the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, alcohol and cigarettes during the time she was being groomed.

Sentencing Holl, to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, Judge Rupert Overbury told her: “It’s plain to me, as it was to the probation service, you certainly did have the intention of going further than kissing.”

Holl was also ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid community work and sign the Sexual Offences Register for five years.

Judge Overbury also banned her from having any unsupervised contact with a child under 16 and from attending any pageant anywhere in the UK where girls aged under 16 were taking part.

Mitigating, Duncan O’Donnell said Holl who appeared vulnerable and immature was deeply ashamed of what she had done. “These offences are never going to happen again,” he said.