February 2020

Pervert boss tried to have sex with 13-year-old he bribed with £120 trainers

A pervert who bribed a 13-year-old girl with a £120 pair of trainers then tried to have sex with her has been jailed.

Roger Timothy John Steele groomed his victim before meeting up with her at an industrial unit in Rhyl.

The 44-year-old, of Cwrt Tudur in Kinmel Bay, hugged and kissed his victim before asking her to take her trousers down.

He told the girl it would hurt if he didn’t do as he asked, and when he failed to have sex with her he told her they would “have to try again when she was older”.

Steele’s tactics were described as “cynical grooming” that had had a “bad and profound effect on the victim”.

He had shown no remorse for what he had done, and opted to be tried by a jury.

He was found guilty earlier this month.

Judge Rhys Rowlands, sentencing Steele at Mold crown court today, said: “If ever there was a man who should have owned up to his behaviour, you are this man.”

The judge said he took into account he was a “hard working and successful businessman” and the impact of a sentence would put the livelihood of his employees at risk.

A victim impact read out by prosecutor Andrew Green described the last two years as “torture”.

It added the incident had a “high impact” on her life and as a result she felt afraid when in Rhyl.

Judge Rowlands jailed him for five years and ordered that he register with the police as a sex offender for life.

He was also subject to a sexual harm prevention order.