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Brighton Businessman Sentenced for Sex Offence Against Teenage Girl

Brighton Businessman Sentenced for Sex Offence Against Teenage Girl
Andrew O'Connor

A Brighton pub and club owner is starting a three-year prison sentence for a sexual offence against a vulnerable 17-year-old Brighton girl on his yacht in Majorca two years ago.

Kenneth McGrath, now 61, company director, of St Martins Place, Brighton, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday (30 November), having been convicted on Friday 10 November of paying for the sexual services of a child.

Kenneth McGrath

Kenneth McGrath

He was found not guilty of two offences of sexual assault against the same girl.

He will be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court order.

The SHPO prohibits him from providing any massage services, from taking any images of any girls under-18 without prior parental or guardian permission, and from being involved with any employment that would bring him into contact with any under-18 girls. He is also prohibited from possessing any digital image-taking device unless it is available for inspection by police, and is prohibited from contacting the victim.

In 2015 the girl was recommended by a mutual friend to McGrath, who was seeking a ‘girl friday’ to work on his yacht moored in Majorca, hosting hen parties on his behalf. But when she arrived on the yacht, there were no hen parties and McGrath took advantage of her isolation and vulnerability to coerce her into a sexual act with him. He even created a document which purported to show her willingness to this activity as part of her contract of employment.

Detective Constable Melanie Wauchope said; “Ken McGrath exploited a balance of power between an employer and employee to control and manipulate a vulnerable young person into engaging in sexual activity. During the trial he tried to discredit her motives but clearly the jury did not believe him. We will always take seriously such reports and take action wherever possible.”

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