September 2017

Rugby player who had sex with girl, 14, ‘around 100 times

A rugby player with a ‘dangerous attitude towards women’ had sexual relationships with two under age girls but walked free from court after prosecutors said his behaviour was not rape.

Tyler Deterville, 19, started having sex with one of the girls when she was just 14 and slept with her around 100 times during an 18 month period

The other girl was 15 when she had sex with Deterville at the home of one of her relatives.

Deterville, from Reedley, near Burnley, was charged with rape but prosecutors accepted his plea that the sex was consensual, despite people under 16 being unable to give informed consent in the eyes of the law.

The student admitted four charges of sexual activity with a child and common assault after his not guilty plea to rape was accepted at Preston Crown Court.

He was given an eight month sentence suspended for two years despite probation officers saying he had a ‘distorted and dangerous attitude towards women’ and the judge admitting he pose ‘a danger to young women’.

Deterville – who played as hooker for a local junior rugby team – seduced the girls whilst under the influence of cannabis, the court heard.

Prosecuting Miss Raquel Simpson, said the first victim was 14 or 15 when she first met Deterville then 17.

She added: “They started going out together and began a sexual relationship. At 15 she told police the relationship lasted about 18 months and said that she had full sexual intercourse with the defendant on approximately 100 occasions.

“The offending continued after the defendant’s 18 birthday. The complainants mother gave a witness statement saying her daughter lived with her and initially things seemed to go well but deteriorated and the defendant was barred from the house.”

The girl was later placed in foster care and moved to supported accommodation for young people and the pair split up.

But in December 2016 Deterville turned up at the accommodation and was seen dragging the girl by the arm into her room in a row over a bank card.

The girl, who cannot be named, refused to report a physical injury and was said to be a “reluctant witness” in the case.

The second girl was 15 when she met Deterville, who was then 18, through a relative.

Miss Simpson added: “She arranged to stay at as house when she knew the defendant was staying there and they started a relationship.

“On December 10, 2016 they had full sexual intercourse at the house. She was 15 and the defendant was 18. She spoke to her sister on December 31 and, as a result, she contacted the grandmother who contacted the police.

“The complainant was interviewed on January 1, 2017 and stated she had been raped on December 10.

“The defendant was interviewed on January 2 and admitted they had sexual intercourse but stated she consented.

“Police then contacted the first girl and she stated that she had been in a sexual relationship with the defendant since she was 15 and there were two occasions after her 16 birthday when she said she didn’t consent to intercourse. But the defendant denied raping her.”

The court heard Deterville was on remand in custody for six months following his arrest.

Deterville was also ordered not to contact the girls for two years under the terms of a restraining order.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register and abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years. He will also take part in a 30 day programme to address his attitude towards women.

Passing sentence, Judge Sara Dodd told Deterville: “This is a case which has given me considerable concerns. You, as young man of 17 or 18, had a very poor attitude to young women who you were in a relationship with.

“Your attitude was selfish, arrogant and disrespectful. Unless you can address those issues you will continue to pose a danger to young women.”

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