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Tarporley businessman jailed for having sex with 15-year-old girl

A JAILED Cheshire businessman will spend more than five years behind bars after being sentenced for having sex with a 15-year-old girl who fell pregnant with his child.

Giles Cross

A JAILED Cheshire businessman will spend more than five years behind bars after being sentenced for having sex with a 15-year-old girl who fell pregnant with his child.

Tarporley businessman Giles Cross, 46, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison having admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

The former Tarporley High School student, who owned Ink-n-Paper on the High Street, is already more than 12 months into a four-year prison term for having sex with a different 15-year-old girl.

The offences - pre-dating those which he was convicted in January last year – took place between July 2007 and March 2008.

The 15-year-old girl came forward to the police the day before Cross was due to be sentenced in the first case, having read about the trial in the press.

When he was sentenced on Monday, Chester Crown Court heard how Cross:

Groomed his victim and had sex with her in his car and at his office.

Bought her alcohol and then had sex with her in front of one of her friends, also aged 15. He did the same in front of another friend on a separate occasion.

Tried to kiss one of her teenage friends at a party.

Got the victim pregnant and left her to have an abortion alone.

Encouraged her to send pictures of herself to him in just her underwear.

Prosecuting, Karl Sholz said Cross had met the girl at a polo ground in June 2007.

He had asked her to sell tickets for a party being held that evening and they exchanged numbers, which is how the communication began and later led to them being in contact through social networking sites and email.

Mr Scholz said Cross, who lived with his parents in Winsford, became aware the girl was 15 a week after their communication began.

He told the court the girl was ‘flattered’ by Cross’ attention and did not want it to stop.

Mr Sholz said Cross had told the girl he would pick her up from the bottom of her parents’ driveway so they weren’t seen.

He the n took her for walks and back to his office where they would have sex.

Mr Sholz described the girl as ‘vulnerable’ and who had ‘very low self-esteem’, adding that she was targeted and groomed by Cross.

Defending, Duncan Bould admitted the offences were ‘very serious’ and that his client was ‘ashamed’ of his behaviour and wished to apologise to the girl and her family.

Judge Elgan Edwards told Cross his behaviour ‘smacks of perversion’, adding: “Your conduct has been extremely grave. That kind of conduct will not be tolerated.”

Cross’ latest sentence will run consecutively to the four years he is currently serving.

 

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