Mansfield guitarist sentenced for ‘wicked’ acts with vulnerable teenage girls at music festival

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A music teacher plied two teenage girls with cocaine, undressed them and had sexual activity with them at a music festival. Richard Barlow had visited their tent at the Rock and Blues festival in Pentrich, Derbyshire, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

He was jailed for 15 years when he was sentenced for multiple offences of sexual activity with a child, and given an extended licence of three years on his release. Semi-professional guitarist Barlow, 39, of Mansfield, and now of no fixed address, was also given a concurrent sentence for possessing indecent images of another girl.

One of the girls, who he committed a sexual offence on in the tent, described in a statement how she had suicidal thoughts, anxiety and depression, and struggled to deal with what happened.

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The second girl said she started getting flashbacks and would lie awake at night replaying what happened in her head. Barlow, who was convicted after trial of eight charges, “knows he is going to custody for a very long time,” said his barrister, Sarah Phelan, on Wednesday, April 13.

Barlow, who ran Instru-Tech Ltd (Mansfield), was told by Recorder Michael Auty QC he had supplied both girls with cocaine. “It seems that they did not take much of the cocaine. It had an immediate impact, particularly on one girl, who was unfamiliar with the drug and how to take it. It certainly stupefied for moments. You undressed them both and penetrated the vagina of each of them. I regard what you did as having elements of real wickedness to it.”

He said those two charges of sexual activity with a child had an element of premeditation. Barlow, who turns 40 in two days, knew their ages and knew where they were going to be. Providing them with cocaine, “is indicative of a process you must have given appreciative thought”, added the judge.

“They were vulnerable by way of their age,” he added. The judge imposed a lifelong restraining order, sexual harm prevention order and to sign the sex offenders’ register.

He told the two victims, who were under 16 at the time of the offences, he hoped sincerely they will be able to come to terms with what happened. “I hope you are able to make something of the life that lies ahead of you. You are two remarkable young women with bright futures and I wish you all the very best.”

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