Worksop: Youth worker in child sex case will not face retrial

Mark Wakeling
Mark Wakeling

A youth worker has walked free after finding he will not face a retrial into allegations he had sex with a 15-year-old girl he was supporting.

Mark Wakeling, 46, of Portland Road Langwith, worked as a personal advisor at the Connexions office in Ryton Street, Worksop.

Earlier this month a jury at Nottingham Crown Court returned a not guilty verdict on four charges he faced, following a two week trial.

These were three charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child while he was in a position of trust and one of sending and receiving sexualised text messages.

But the jury of five women and seven men failed to return a verdict on three further charges of sexual activity with a child.

They all dated between January 2009 and May 2011.

Wakeling repeatedly denied all seven charges. Some were said to have happened at the Ryton Street office.

But his defence barrister claimed the girl had simply made them up to gain attention and sympathy.

The victim, who wept as her video evidence was shown in court, can not be named for legal reasons.

A hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday heard that the Crown Prosecution Service will offer no evidence into the final three charges.