Rapist offered young teen to other men for sex at dogging site, court told

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Michael Gwyther Michael Gwyther

Pervert  Michael Gwyther has been jailed for life for abusing three underage girls and repeatedly raping one of them.

Gwyther, 44, of Haywards Place, East-erton, took one of his victims, aged 12, to a dogging site where he offered her to other men for sex, Swindon Crown Court heard on Friday.
He was also grooming two other schoolgirls when their parents found out and contacted the
police.

When officers arrested him they found indecent pictures and a movie of one of their classmates on his phone.

Claire Marlow, prosecuting, told how one of the girls’ mums was looking at her daughter’s computer and found inappropriate messages from Gwyther. She said the 14-year-old from Westbury said he had given her a lift home from a youth club in August last year and put his hand on her leg.

Another girl, aged 15 who was from the Lavington area, had also got a lift from him said she too had been molested by him around the same time.

Miss Marlow said when police were looking into those matters they found the incriminating evidence of the third child on his mobile.

When they tracked down the girl in the images she was at first reluctant to speak about what had taken place but went on to reveal the depth of the abuse.

She said he had been raping and abusing her since she was 12, later taking her to a place called The Barn, where strangers gathered to have sex, the court heard.
The girl told officers he videoed her when they were there, but the footage has never been found.

Gwyther admitted six rapes, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of sexual activity with a child and three of making an indecent photo of a child.

Marcus Davey, defending, said his client was full of remorse for what he had done. He urged the judge to impose a determinate sentence so Gwyther would know when he was to be released.

But Judge Douglas Field ruled he presented a serious risk of significant harm by committing offences in the future.

He said: “You have corrupted her by engaging in ever more serious sexual activity with her, starting when she was about 12 and ending when 14 or 15.
“When she was 12 you even started raping her: you raped her on six occasions, twice when she was under 13.

“You took her to what was known as dogging sites where strangers gather quite openly to have sex with each other. There you have instigated her having sex with unknown men.

“You did all this to gratify your entrenched deviance; you have an excessive sexual interest in underage girls. You started grooming the other victims. You made contact over the internet. This was to groom them so they would meet you so you could commit sexual offences against them.

“Your offending has caused your victims very considerable psychological damage. It’s quite understandable to hear they have difficulties dealing with everyday life and that will last for some time.”

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