August 2003

Sex video gang ‘used’ teenager

A GANG which made a sordid home video of its members having sex with a teenage girl, has been sentenced at the Old Bailey.

One of the convicted, Ewart Hodge, aged 21, of Sparta Street, Greenwich, is already serving an eight-year sentence for raping a pastor’s daughter.

 

Hodge and Daniel Gordon, (pic above) aged 21, of Tanners Hill, Deptford, were filmed by a third member of the group, Lawrence Charles, (pic below) aged 18, of Lethbridge Estate, Greenwich, having sex with a Catholic schoolgirl in February 2002.

The 14-year-old girl earned a reputation after the 90-minute tape, titled Lethbridge X-rated Part One, was then distributed around a Lethbridge housing estate.

As a result of the video the girl, who is now 16, was exposed to further sexual abuse by Adam Parker,(pic below)  aged 22, of Windmill Close, Lewisham, Gerald Rodney, aged 23, of Lethbridge Close, Lewisham, and two 17-year-old youths who cannot be named for legal reasons.

All seven pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse.

One of the 17-year-old youths also pleaded guilty to attempted unlawful sexual intercourse and Hodge also admitted indecent assault and a second charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.

In sentencing the gang, Judge Timothy Pontius said: “You all used her in a way which in varying degrees disregarded her feelings and treated her as a sexual object to satisfy your own sexual desires and demands, rather than as a sensitive young woman barely beyond puberty.” Hodge received a two-year sentence which he will serve in addition to his current jail term.

Parker and Rodney, who is currently in prison for robbery, were both sentenced to six months in jail and all three will be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Gordon was sentenced to eight months in jail and Charles received a 12-month community rehabilitation order.

One of the 17-year-old boys received 60 hours of community work.

The other was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution. He had previously received a community rehabilitation order for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.