Oxford 27 years old student, Shiraaz Kureembokus, was jailed for 18 months after being caught out in a police sting operation.
He thought he was speaking to a 14-year-old boy when in actual fact, it was a police officer.
Kureembokus, who is a registered doctoral student, had been messaging the ‘boy’ on Grindr and WhatsApp for sex and invited him to his flat.
Christopher Hewertson, prosecuting, said that when the ‘boy’ told Kureembokus his age, the student responded:
“It’s cool, baby, I’m 27.”
The conversation soon moved from Grindr to WhatsApp.
Initially, Kureembokus asked about school and the teenager’s parents. He then said he wanted to “get kissed, get sucked and more”.
On May 5, 2020, Kureembokus invited the ‘boy’ over to his flat for sex.
Mr Hewertson said: “The defendant was nearly double the age of the child who he arranged to have penetrative sex with.”
His defence lawyer, Brid Eve, blamed his actions on “loneliness” because of the coronavirus pandemic.
She said: “He was finding lockdown particularly hard. He was very lonely and had no friends at the college.
“On that day he made a grave error, he acted in self-gratification and loneliness from what he knew was right and legal. He calls it a moment of madness.
“He has a supportive family who have worked very hard to get him to Oxford. He is embarrassed and upset that he risked his future for this. He was suspended by the college and he risks the end of his studies.”
“It is utterly devastating for him and those around him and he will find it very difficult to rebuild his life after this.”
Judge Maria Lamb did not accept the claims made by Kureembokus. She said the Oxford student had ruined his future.
She said: “It is quite apparent from that that you were working on the basis that the person you were communicating with was a 14-year-old boy.
“There was frequent reference to the age of the boy and the fact he was at school.
“It is clear what you had in mind, anal and oral sex activity with him. You are a young man who had a very promising career.