A church pastor who ‘sexually’ nibbled a young girl’s ear has been berated by a judge who banned him from going out at night.
Christopher Rose gently bit the 13-year-old’s ear in a sexual manner, leaving her so traumatised she started to self-harm herself.
Evangelical church pastor Rose, 45, befriended her family before ‘getting too close’ to the girl.
However, Rose was spared jail by Judge Francis Sheridan, who instead ordered him to do 60 hours of unpaid work and slapped him with a night-time curfew.
Sentencing him at Aylesbury Crown Court, Judge Sheridan said the young girl’s family had ‘utter faith’ in Rose and that he had been in a total position of trust.
“He was trusted in the family setting and then misused that position in relation to the daughter,” said the judge.
“I’m not going to stop him working as a pastor but I think my duty is to protect other young girls of that age from over-familiar treatment.”
The pastor at the Living Waters World Outreach ministry nibbled the girl’s ear while alone with her in January 2013.
“You touched her in a sexual way,” said Judge Sheridan.
“You did it in a way where you made it perfectly clear why you were doing it.”
The police were informed and Rose, whose ministry is based at Aylesbury 1st Scout Hall in Osier Way was arrested.
Rose was also accused of two charges of meeting a girl following grooming, four charges of engaging in a sex act with a girl aged 13 to 15 years and two other sexual assaults, relating to the victim and one other young girl.
He was convicted of nibbling the victim’s ear but acquitted of all other charges following a trial at Aylesbury Crown Court last month.
Sentencing was previously adjourned as Rose was signed off as unfit to work due to depression until April 14.
Speaking at an earlier hearing George Heimler, mitigating, said Rose, of Sandringham Road, Northolt, Middlesex, had no relevant previous convictions and had been assessed as at low risk of re-offending.
“The complainant said it lasted just two seconds and it was a single occurence,” he said.
“He is a person who has devoted much of his adult life to pastoral duties. He became friendly with the mother and associated with the child coincidentally.”
Judge Sheridan agreed it was an isolated incident.
As well as the unpaid work, Rose was placed under a 6.30pm to 5am curfew for one month.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £300 pounds and must sign onto the Sex Offenders’ Register.