Ascot man jailed for sex with schoolgirl

Published: 29 Jun 2013 09:30

AN Ascot-based former council worker has been jailed for five years after he groomed a 14-year-old girl for "grubby" sex in a South Wales hotel.

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AN Ascot-based computer worker has been jailed for five years after he groomed a 14-year-old girl for "grubby" sex in a South Wales hotel.

Robert Lankshear, 40, a father of two young children, made contact with the schoolgirl after she posted her details on the Blackberry messaging service.

Lankshear, from North Ascot, told her he was 29, not 39, as he was at the time and "sweet-talked" her by

promising her money and clothes, a court heard.

Cardiff Crown Court was told Lankshear encouraged her to send pictures of her performing a sex act on herself.

Lankshear met the schoolgirl shortly after her 15th birthday last year at a hotel in Cardiff and had sex with her, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Tony Trigg said: "She told her mother she was meeting a friend and got on a train from Bridgend to Cardiff.

"He had come from London and had already booked into the Holland House Hotel.

"He had told her to bring swimwear and put his hand under her bikini bottoms when they were in the jacuzzi.

"Back in his room they kissed and had sexual intercourse twice, with the girl saying later that she had been nervous because it was her first time - a fact she had told him over the Internet."

Her parents and the police became involved after contact between them dried up and she realised she had been used by him.

He later told police he had an "affinity with" the schoolgirl.

Police called at Lankshear's home in North Ascot, where he was looking after his two young children and discovered hundreds of still images and movies of children being abused, some of which were extreme.

Mr Trigg said some of the images, found in a bedroom and in the garage, involved adults and animals.

Lankshear, a computer worker, admitted 25 charges in court on June 20; four which related to the grooming of the Welsh schoolgirl and being involved in sexual activity with her and the remainder relating to downloading and possessing the images.

He told police: "You get them talking about shopping to start a conversation."

The court heard Lankshear now believed he had a sex addiction and was seeing a therapist.

Sentencing judge, Rhys Rowlands disagreed with expert reports, classifying him as being of "low risk" to others in the future and a probation report, which described him as "medium risk."

He told Lankshear:"You were living an immoral and depraved lifestyle and you took advantage of a child.

"No one can know the effect it might have on her in the future but there is no doubt that in the years to come the fact that she lost her virginity in such a grubby way to a man old enough to be her father is something she will have to come to terms with."

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