Perverted dentist, 61, turned up to meet ’14-year-old boy’
A dentist who turned up with a car full of sex toys to meet a ’14-year-old boy’ after telling him he’d ‘teach him a thing or two’, has been spared jail.
Richard Hayes-Hall, 61, was attempting to meet an underage boy for sex when he was caught in a police sting.
The ‘boy’ he attempted to meet with condoms, ropes and padlocks in his car was a police officer and Hayes-Hall, who was a lecturer and qualified dentist, was arrested.
A court heard that when the father-of-two learned of the boy’s age, he wrote in a message: ‘Very nice – only 14. I would be happy to teach you a thing or two XXXX.’
Hayes-Hall, from Malvern in Worcestershire, was arrested in Lickey Hills, Birmingham, on March 14 where he’d arranged to meet the boy.
Judge Robert Juckes QC said: ‘I have to bear in mind the disgust most members of the public feel about the kind of behaviour you indulged in in this particular case.
‘Between January and March you were in constant contact with someone you thought was an innocent 14-year-old schoolboy, preparing to meet, grooming him for that purpose and in the end arranging the meeting and equipping yourself for the purpose.
‘The public regard that offending with a highly understandable and proper degree of horror.’
The judge said that a significant aspect of the punishment was that Hayes-Hall had been ‘brought low’ from a high place in society and ‘exposed’.
Prosecutor Michael Conry said the ‘boy’ said he was ‘nervous’ and Hayes-Hall said they could ‘just play to begin with’.
Hayes-Hall gave graphic descriptions of sexual activity but said it was ‘up to him’ what happened.
They discussed having sex in the boy’s bedroom while his mother was out and Hayes-Hall reassured the ‘boy’, telling him: ‘You will be nervous, naturally.
‘It’s your first time but don’t worry you will be fine. I won’t hurt you.
‘Don’t worry, you won’t catch anything.’
In interview he told police he was bisexual and used digital communication to meet up with ‘fit men’ aged 16 to 25 using apps like Grindr and Kik Messenger.
He told police there had been a suggestion he met the ‘boy’ during half-term but had ‘bottled it because he knew it was wrong’.
He had no previous convictions and had previously been a man of good character.
Hayes-Hall, of Malvern, Worcestershire, admitted a single count of attempting to meet a boy under 16 following grooming.
He was given a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years at Worcester Crown Court yesterday.
He was assessed as a ‘medium risk’ and must take part in a sex offender’s programme called Horizon for two years and complete 20 rehabilitation activity days.
He must also sign the sex offender’s register for 10 years and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order, also for 10 years.