A 20-YEAR-OLD man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in his car has been cleared after a jury heard she told him she was 16.
The teenager had claimed Facebook friend Jordan Maxwell forced himself on her in a remote rural location.
Jurors at Gloucester Crown Court took just under two and half hours to find Maxwell not guilty of rape and he was cleared on the judge’s direction of holding the girl prisoner in his car.
The court heard that the girl barely knew Maxwell but had felt flattered by his interest in her on Facebook and agreed to leave her home late at night to meet him.
Her mum was travelling home from a concert when her daughter texted saying she was scared.
When the teen got home at 1.30am she was “very distressed” and told her anxious mum she was smoking cannabis with a man.
The girl then told her mum that Maxwell forced himself on her.
Maxwell’s account to the jury, however, was that the girl had told him she was 16 and had willingly gone with him in the car and that they had sex with her full consent.
Despite being cleared, Maxwell must now spend 28 days in jail after he was found to be in contempt of court by not allowing himself to be brought from prison to court on Tuesday.