Man who plied schoolgirls with drugs before raping them is jailed for 19 years
A sexual predator who preyed on young girls by plying them with drugs before raping them has been jailed for 19 years.
Woody Bray introduced his impressionable victims – as young as 11 – to cannabis to appear “exciting and charismatic” before having sex with them.
The court heard Bray, 28, “manipulated the girls’ feelings to suit his own desires” and raped two of them
Bray, of Levan, Cornwall, denied charges relating to 11 sexual offences against four under-age girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, but was convicted on all counts.
Sentencing at Truro Crown Court, judge Simon Carr said: “Approaching them at 11, 12 or 13, you seemed exciting and charismatic to them because you were an older adult.
“One of the first things you did was to supply them with cannabis.
“You did that quite deliberately to induct them into your world … you knew precisely how old they were and how impressionable they were.”
During the trial one of the girls described seeing Bray as the “coolest person” she had ever met when she first started spending time with him aged 11 or 12, in the summer before she started secondary school.
Now an adult, she told the court how he raped her when she went to tell him what a disgusting person she now thought he was.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “I wanted to tell him I thought he was a bad person and he should not do things to young girls any more … in the morning he raped me.”
Nigel Wraith, for the prosecution, said Bray lived at various addresses at the time the girl knew him, including in squats in Penzance and Newlyn and on a farm near St Just.
He gave her cannabis, kissed her, asked her for oral sex and had intercourse with her when she was aged 13 – an incident classed as rape because of her age.
He raped her for the second time when she was 14 or 15.
Mr Wraith said a second girl was also 11 or 12 when she met Bray. She was 13 when she had sex with him and he gave her drugs to smoke.
He introduced a third underage girl to cannabis, had sex with her and raped her on one occasion.
He also gave a fourth girl cannabis and touched her sexually on two occasions but did not have intercourse with her.
Giving evidence, Bray claimed not to have been able to remember who one of the girls was when the police first asked him about her.
He admitted he had sexual relations with two of the girls, but only after they were 16.
He denied any sexual contact with the other two.
Bray was accused of two counts of rape and one of sexual activity with a child in relation to the first girl.
He was accused of three counts of sexual activity with a child in relation to the second and two of the same in relation to a third. He also faced one charge of raping the third girl and two of sexual activity with a child in relation to a fourth girl.
Mary McCarthy, for the defence, urged the judge to impose as moderate a sentence as possible so that Bray, still a relatively young man, would have “light at the end of the tunnel” in terms of his release date.