A promising teenage athlete has been spared jail after admitting orally raping and sexually assaulting a young girl.
Adam Hulin, 19, of Hookwood Cottages, in Hurst Lane, Headley, was handed a community order at Guildford Crown Court this morning, having pleading guilty to oral rape and assault by penetration of a girl under the age of 13 in Bookham in December 2012.
Hulin had denied one count of rape of a girl under the age of 13, for which a trial was held at the end of last month.
During this trial, the jury was discharged and the judge heard the evidence alone in what is known as a ‘Newton hearing’.
It was decided that this charge would not be prosecuted, but that it should ‘remain on file’.
At today’s hearing, Recorder George Lawson-Rogers QC did not send the A Level student to prison, although a custodial term is within the sentencing guidelines for these offences.
Instead, Hulin, a talented middle-distance runner with the Aldershot, Farnham and District club team, was given a community order for 12 months, with the requirement that he undertake 100 hours of unpaid work and attend six sessions focusing on 'community integration'.
He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.
Mr Lawson-Rogers said: "The defendant is 19 and there is much to be said in his favour. I have heard about his background.
"He has clear prospects for the future and is pursuing these at this time."
He added: "I consider this the appropriate disposal.
"I certainly wouldn’t want to do anything which would prejudice his future career."
Hulin, who appeared in court clean shaven and wearing a grey suit, white shirt and blue and white checked tie, looked relieved in the dock when the sentence was delivered.