Jailed pair 'swapped' teen girls during abuse, Swindon Crown Court hears

Jailed pair 'swapped' teen girls during abuse, court hears

JAILED: Royston Gonsalves

JAILED: Filbert Antao

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A 26-YEAR-OLD who filmed himself having sex with a vulnerable 14-year-old girl before handing her to a another man to abuse has been jailed for seven years.

Royston Gonsalves used his mobile phone to film himself with the child before sending the footage to friends.

And once he had finished with her, he passed her on to Filbert Antao, who had been having sex with her friend, also 14, as they swapped partners.

Two days later Gonsalves, and 22-year-old Antao, also jailed for seven years, met up with the first girl and a different friend, who was only 13, for another sordid session.

On that occasion the men, both from India and now facing deportation, took the children to a room they had booked at Travelodge and again each took it in turns to have full sex with them.

They were caught when the girls' parents became concerned and called police.

Jane Rowley, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that one of the girls was friendly with Gonsalves and they corresponded on social networks.

They agreed to meet on March 24 last year at an empty house in the Parks she had keys to, and the defendants turned up with bottles of vodka and lemonade.

Ms Rowley said the girls were both drunk when one went upstairs and was followed by Gonsalves, who took her into a room and had sex with her. He used his phone to video what was happening sending it to friends, including his co-defendant, who was downstairs having sex with the other girl.

The men then swapped partners and each had sex with the other girl, though both children said they had told them they didn't want to do it.

The following Tuesday, Gonsalves met the girl and another of her friends, who was just 13, and sneaked them in to the hotel.

Both men then had sex with the children before again swapping partners, but when the girls left shortly before midnight they had been reported missing.

Antao, of Axbridge Close, Park North, and Gonsalves, of Ponting Street, both admitted three counts of sexual activity with a child.

Charges of with rape were not proceeded with after they admitted the lesser offences before a jury could be sworn in on the morning of a trial.

The court heard all three girls had suffered psychologically from what they went through, with two self harming and one contemplating suicide.

Alex Daymond, for Antao, said his client came to the UK in 2010 with his parents. He said there had been no coercion by his client and insisted they had not encouraged the girls to drink the alcohol.

Paul Trotman, for Gonsalves, said his client had been in country for three years and was a virgin when the offences took place - which the judge rejected.

He said he was sorry for what he had done saying he was a 'naive person' and was showing bravado among peers with the video.

Jailing them, Recorder Ian Lawrie QC, said: "Neither of you clearly have any particular care or regard as to how these two young girls must have felt.

"You, Mr Gonsalves, really take it to the limit as what you did is you then record the sex on your phone then you distribute it among your friends.

"That is a significant aggravating feature to a case that has a number of aggravating features to it.

"I have read the text messages after the first occasion, that language shows utter contempt for these girls. You were both utterly selfish.

"I have no doubt both of you knew these girls were underage and you didn't care. It is clear that you are still struggling to come to terms that these are offences in this court and you stand to be sentenced.

"You cling to the view that these girls were 'asking for it' and 'what's the harm?' You are going to have to go through a process of re-education.”

He also imposed sexual offences prevention orders restricting their liberty when they are released and told them they must register as sex offenders for life.

Following the sentencing, Superintendent Andrew Carr of Wiltshire Police, said: "Gonsalves and Antao preyed on these vulnerable children and exploited them for their own sexual gratification.

"Both sexually abused the children on several occasions during a prolonged cycle of manipulation and abuse.”

Anyone wishing to report a crime should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary, The Gables, Shrivenham Road, Swindon on 0808 168 0024 or via www.newswindonsanctuary.co.uk.

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