Sex pest Carl Underdown jailed for fondling girl on Herne Bay seafront
by Alex Claridge
A sex pest from Herne Bay has been jailed for fondling a
Electrician Carl Underdown, 25, groped the girl on the
seafront - squeezing her breast and putting his hand down her
Underdown, of Western Esplanade, first made news
when he followed girls around a supermarket and filmed up their
Jailing him for a year at Canterbury Crown Court, Judge Adele
Williams said: "You are someone who has an inappropriate interest
in underage girls and one of your inadequacies is that you seek
them out. You need to address that."
Underdown (pictured right) will be placed on the sex offenders'
register for 10 years and was made subject to a Sexual
Offences Prevention Order.
The court heard Underdown was near a seafront shelter on
September 24, 2011. One of a group of teenagers was a girl,
who had just turned 14.
He put his hand inside her bra and then squeezed her breast
before moving his hand down her shorts.
Underdown had initially denied sexually assaulting the girl, but
changed his plea on the day the trial. His victim had been in
court ready to give evidence against him.
He claimed that while he had touched her, the touching was not
But Judge Williams (pictured right) told him: "You did have
sexual activity with a child, with a girl who had just turned 14,
when you inappropriately put your hand inside her bra and touched
her breast and nipple.
"That is wholly inappropriate contact. It also put you in breach
of a suspended prison sentence for filming up skirts in a
"That should have been a warning and alarm bells should have
been ringing in your mind that you needed help.
"Despite your assertions that this was not sexual touching, the
only person that you are deluding is yourself - of course it was
The offence put Underdown in breach of a suspended sentence for
outraging public decency by filming up girls' skirts at Herne Bay's
Morrisons store in 2010.
Paul Brooks, defending, said Underdown had not groomed the
victim and that she had gone up to him.
"His most significant failing is that he is not someone who
makes good judgments," said Mr Brooks.
"He lacks empathy and understanding and is of low self-esteem.
While there is this raft of issues, he is not an unintelligent
"What he did that day was not grooming, it was momentary.
"It is difficult at this stage to categorise the risk that he
presents. What is plain is that the risk can be managed in a way so
that Mr Underdown does not present such a risk.
"He has an incredibly supportive family and they have been
devastated by this in the same way that the family of the victim
have been devastated by this."
Bespectacled and wearing a suit, Underdown waved to members of
his family sitting in the public gallery as he was taken down to
the cells below the court.
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