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southamptoncrowncourt33-year-old Michael Britten has been jailed for 15 months after being found guilty of abducting a child when he fled to the Isle of Wight with a 15-year-old girl last August.

As previously reported by Island Echo, Police launched a search for Britten in August after he ran off with the unidentified 15-year-old teenager, in what has been described as a ‘sexually motivated’ act.

The pair were seen on CCTV at Cash Recycle in Newport before being tracked down to a hotel in Shanklin, where they were caught on CCTV kissing. Britten, who is said to have difficulties in learning, was arrested by Police and the teenager taken into care.

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michaelbrittenSouthampton Crown Court yesterday (Monday) heard how the 33-year-old’s semen was found on the teen’s underwear, although the court accepted his defence that sexual activity between them amounted to no more than kissing.

In sentencing, Judge Nicholas Rowland handed down a 12-month sentence for sexual activity with a child, namely kissing and a 12 month sentence for possessing indecent images of the girl. The sentences will run concurrently.

Michael Britten is now subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the next 10 years which prevents him being alone with any child aged under 16 years of age.

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