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Exeter businessman admits grooming and meeting schoolgirl at hotel

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

Exeter Crown Court

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A businessman has admitted grooming a 15-year-old girl with text messages before meeting her at an Exeter hotel.

Saffet Temizbas, aged 43, changed his plea after more serious charges of having sex with the girl at the Holiday Inn were dropped.

Cleaning manager Temizbas, who had a Turkish interpreter in court, admitted grooming and sexual activity with a child when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

The first charge relates to sexual activity in a car in June or July 2012 and the second to messages sent over the same two months which resulted in him meeting the girl at the Holiday Inn with the intention of committing sexual offences.

Judge Paul Darlow adjourned sentence for a probation report and bailed Temizbas, formerly of Stuart Road, Exeter, to a new address on the Isle of Wight.

The judge warned him he could make no promise about the eventual sentence because guidelines place the offences beyond the custody threshold.

Mr Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said it has been decided to accept the pleas because the girl now wants to move on with her life without the prospect of having to give evidence at a trial.

He said: “We are conscious that further delay may not be in anyone’s interest. The defendant has not committed any further offences and indicated he is willing to plead guilty to some of the charges.

“I have spoken to the complainant about this and she is content that these pleas are acceptable and is reluctant to come back on another occasion.”

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