Child rapist who bribed his victim with VIP tickets for a One Direction concert is jailed for 18 years
- David Whatmore began indecently touching the girl when she was 11
- Exploited her love of boy band to progress to raping her over two years
- Teenager told police the 50-year-old had offered her gifts, including money, pets and concert tickets
- ‘But you have to have sex with me in return,’ he had told her on Facebook
David Whatmore was jailed for 18 years for five counts of child rape and one count of attempted rape
A child rapist who bribed his victim with the promise of tickets to see One Direction if she had sex with him has been jailed for 18 years.
David Whatmore began indecently touching the girl when she was 11.
Then, he exploited the girl’s love for the popular boy band to progress to raping her when she was aged 12 and 13.
The abuse, which lasted two years, was described by a judge as ‘a campaign of rape’ as Whatmore was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court yesterday.
It only ended in February last year when the girl’s horrified mother looked at child’s Facebook account and found sexual messages from Whatmore.
The teenager told police the 50-year-old had offered her gifts, including money, pets, concert tickets and singing lessons.
‘But you have to have sex with me in return,’ he had told her.
Amanda Johnson, prosecuting, said Whatmore would rape the girl regularly, about once a month, sometimes in the back of his transit van and on other times at his home in Deane in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Whatmore even devised a coded message to inform her when he wanted sex, telling her to ‘take the dogs for a walk’ or ‘do the dogs’.
‘She was a fan of One Direction and he pretended to have VIP tickets and used that to bribe her to have sex with him,’ said Miss Johnson.
On another occasion, he sent her a message telling her to put on some ‘dressy up clothes’ so she would look older than her age and they could go out to a bar in Bolton.
The court heard Whatmore exploited the girl’s love for One Direction, pictured, to progress to raping her
‘The defendant demonstrated controlling and blackmail behaviour towards her,’ said Miss Johnson.
‘She describes herself as having gone through hell and that is still ongoing.’
She added that his victim now suffers from severe depression and has had to have specialist counselling.
The court was told that Whatmore, had pleaded guilty to five counts of child rape and one of attempted rape on September 1, the day his trial was due to start, but then attempted to change his plea – a move he later abandoned.
Katy Appleton, defending, said he is remorseful and accepts responsibility for his actions.
Sentencing, Judge Peter Davies, said: ‘This is someone who has identified a young girl and, in order for his own gratification, has bribed her with gifts in order to have sex.
‘These are truly dreadful offences. It was, and I use this word advisedly, a campaign of rape.’
He added that Whatmore had used the girls’ love of One Direction to get her to have sex with him.
‘Of course, there were no tickets and you manipulated her in a cruel way,’ he said.
Whatmore was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life, banned for life from unsupervised contact with children under 16 and banned from contacting any child under 18 on social media.
Judge Peter Davies described Whatmore’s abuse as a ‘campaign of rape’ which lasted two years. Pictured, Bolton Crown Court
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