March 2018

Convicted rapist caught grooming child by online paedophile hunters

September 2008

Chatline girl, 17, enticed to Leeds and raped

A teenager was raped by a Leeds man who duped her into thinking she had set up a meeting with a couple.

Michael Wrigglesworth, 50, of Tong Way, Farnley was jailed for seven years and three-months at Leeds Crown Court after admitting raping the 17-year-old in the Canal Road area of Armley last December.

Prosecutor Mark McKone said Wrigglesworth met the girl through telephone chatline Fast Flirt and texted her from three different telephones for up to three weeks. She thought she was dealing with a man and a girl.

The court heard the teenager travelled to Leeds from her home in Wales.

When she arrived in Leeds she received a text – which she believed was from the girl – stating the name of a bar where they could meet.

Wrigglesworth then phoned the teenager claiming to be the girl’s partner and arranged to meet her outside an Armley pub.

The court heard Wrigglesworth had a drink with the teenager in the pub and then suggested they go for a walk.

Mr McKone said: “The defendant said he wanted to be somewhere quiet so that they could talk and he could get to know her better.”

After Wrigglesworth raped the girl she collapsed with severe stomach pains and Wrigglesworth fled.

She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she said she had been raped and police were alerted.

Wrigglesworth was arrested in February and police recovered three mobile phones all of which had been used to contact his victim.

He lied to police, saying he did not know the teenager and said he was disabled and lived with his common law wife and children

He claimed he had not had sex with anyone for more than 10 years.

Wrigglesworth eventually admitted rape before a trial was due to get under way at Leeds Crown Court.

His name will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Wrigglesworth was made the subject of a lifetime Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from contacting the complainant or ever working with children.

Wrigglesworth has 127 previous criminal convictions, mainly for dishonesty and driving offences.