Rugby player jailed for grooming and sex with girl, 14
Published: 17th Apr 2012 17:28:39
A former rugby player has been jailed for four years after he groomed and had sex with a 14-year-old girl he lured from her Teesside home.
The court heard how Gavin Venter, 27, encouraged the girl to perform a sex act which he watched on a web camera, while he did the same as she watched.
He then befriended her on the internet and lured her to his flat in Northwich, Cheshire, without her parents knowing.
Venter, of Drillfield Road, was jailed for four years at Teesside Crown Court.
He was also made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order indefinitely.
Venter was convicted by a jury of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, meeting a child following sexual grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child at Teesside Crown Court in January.
Judge Peter Armstrong said in court: "During the trial the court heard evidence in relation to seven other girls who were aged 14 or 15 with whom you had explicit sexual conversations.
"This was clearly grooming behaviour - you were treating these girls as if they were adults, playing on their emotions and getting them to indulge in more and more serious activity."
Police later analysed his computer and found he had been in contact with seven other girls under the age of 16 and had tried to meet at least one of them.
Venter's father had told the trial his son's personality changed after he tried to recover from a serious car crash which left him in a wheelchair, ending his rugby career.
Robin Turton, defending, said: "He began to use the internet as an escape from his travails.
"Frankly one can see he liked the attention he got.
"He used the relationship such as the one he created with the victim to boost his own self-esteem, regardless of the consequences."
At 12:58:39 in EnglandA poem about the killing of PC Keith Blakelock during riots in north London was written by the man accused of his murder, a court has heard.
At 12:58:21 in SportKent have announced a pre-interest and pre-tax profit of £156,778 for the financial year to November 2013.
At 12:56:04 in ScotlandA hamster has been found abandoned inside a plastic play tube in Edinburgh.
At 12:55:09 in BusinessThe sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
At 12:54:04 in HeadlinesIndia's Supreme Court has ordered the continuing detention of businessman Subrata Roy and asked his firm to come up with a plan to repay its investors.
At 12:53:21 in SportCrystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon has been fined £15,000 by the Football Association and warned about his future conduct for Twitter comments he made in relation to former boss Neil Warnock.
At 12:52:43 in HeadlinesA second witness at the murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has told a court in the capital Pretoria she was awoken by the sounds of a fight early on 14 February 2013.
At 12:42:01 in PoliticsThere is a risk that "deliberate provocation" could give rise to a dangerous incident in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned.
At 12:41:48 in EnglandA residential treatment programme for addicts which closed in Yeovil is to reopen after the charity running it merged with another organisation.
At 12:40:03 in ScotlandPolice Scotland has exceeded its target to recruit 1,000 additional officers.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Rugby player jailed for grooming and sex with girl, 14 [Online] (Updated 17th Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1422902/Rugby-player-jailed-for-grooming-and-sex-with-girl-14 [Accessed 8th Mar 2014]
News In Other Categories
The law needs to be changed to stop ticket touts overcharging fans ahead of the Rugby World Cup, an MP has said.
Two hospitals missed opportunities to take action against a consultant breast surgeon who was performing unnecessary or incomplete operations, a review has found.
There is a risk that "deliberate provocation" could give rise to a dangerous incident in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned.
Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales has "a sort of mild Alzheimer's", her husband Tim West has revealed in the Radio Times.
Apple has unveiled its new iPhone technology for cars at the Geneva Motor Show.
A hamster has been found abandoned inside a plastic play tube in Edinburgh.