November 2019

‘The thought of a threesome blinded you’… 

A teenage girl has been ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register after she arranged for a young child to join her in an illicit threesome with her on-off boyfriend, who has been jailed for rape.

Chloe Bradley, then 17, messaged 27-year old Anthony Roscoe about a rendezvous and then escorted the young girl to his home where he took it in turns to have sex with both of them.

Police got involved when a passing patrol became suspicious when they spotted the girls leaving Roscoe’s home at 5.30am the following morning.

Bradley’s phone was examined and found to contain conversations between herself and Roscoe.

When detectives quizzed him about the incident he said: ”When somebody hands you the Holy Grail, you’re going to grab it, aren’t you.”

In a statement the victim, who was missing from home at the time of the incident, said: “I feel numb about what happened and I don’t know how to feel about what’s happened to me. It’s changed me mentally, I don’t sleep and I have flashbacks.

“It’s made me more aware of men and I don’t let anyone touch me. I feel there is no point going to school.

“I kind of hate Chloe Bradley and I feel different towards her. I’m just getting through one day at a time. I was relieved when they pleaded guilty as I don’t know what I would have done.”

At Bolton Crown Crown Bradley, now 19, who lives with her grandparents in Worsley Hall, Wigan, pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sex offence and was given a 22-month jail sentence, suspended for a year.

She also ordered to wear an electronic tag for three months and sign the Sex Offender Register for ten years.

Roscoe now 29, of St Helens, admitted rape and was jailed for four years.

The incident occurred in August 2017 whilst the victim had been living with her father. Bradley had been served Child Abduction Warning Notice over fears about her previous contact with the victim.

Prosecutor Simon Blakebrough said: “The girl in question does look and act significantly older than her age. Her dad would say she would wear make up and older clothes to make herself appear older than she was.

“The father noted her behaviour began to deteriorate when she began to socialise with Chloe Bradley and she began to go missing regularly from home.

He was worried she was being exposed to drugs and alcohol and in fact she did attend many parties with Chloe Bradley prior to these offences, and she did take drugs. She was noted to be vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

”Roscoe had not met the girl prior to this date and there was no mention of age between Chloe Bradley and Anthony Roscoe within their communications. He does say to Bradley ‘not to bring any kids’.”

Mr Blakebrough told the court that on August 20, 2017, Bradley, the victim, and third person, aged 12, took the bus from Wigan to St Helen’s to Roscoe’s house – and that Roscoe then had sex in turn with Bradley and the victim, in the presence of each other.

He said: “They both left the address in the early hours and both were picked up by a police officer at 5.30am.”

Initially both girls told police Roscoe had forced himself on them but police charged Bradley after uncovering the messages on her phone and that of Roscoe’s.

The prosecutor said: ”There was a significant amount of highly sexualised chat and discussion over a period of several days, which occurred mainly over WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

“At 21.13 on the night of the incident, she messaged Roscoe stating she was ‘on the bus’. Bradley also sent a series of messages to Roscoe asking him if he would like a threesome with her and the complainant. She said both of them were ‘up for it.’ He was enthusiastic at that prospect.

”It seems that many of those messages between Bradley and Roscoe had been deliberately deleted from Bradley’s phone, including messages dealing with sexual talk.

Also found on his phone was a message from Roscoe to Bradley saying he didn’t want her coming round with any kids. It would appear that Bradley deleted the messages to minimise the appearance of her offending and to minimise her culpability.

“Roscoe was arrested at his flat that morning at 10am. He was cautioned and he made many comments denying the allegations, saying they made him ‘feel sick’.

‘In interview he accepted he had sexual intercourse with both Bradley and the complainant – stating Bradley had suggested having a threesome. He said he had not met the complainant before, but he knew Bradley for about two months and had had sex with her before.

“He said Bradley told him she was 17. He said he first started kissing Bradley which led on to them having sexual intercourse. He accepts the complainant was in the room and watching whilst this occurred.

“He said he left the room and returned shortly after and started kissing the complainant. He said he also had sexual intercourse with her. He said this went on for a short time.

He said afterwards, they lay on the bed watching a film and Bradley and the complainant left at 4.30 and he went to sleep. Bradley said she did not tell Roscoe how old the complainant was.

“The complainant has made a series of other allegations in relation to other defendants over the course of 2017 and 2018 which were investigated by the police. But in further investigations, much of what she said was inconsistent and implausible with other evidence.”

Sentencing Judge Graeme Smith said: “There was a lengthy exchange of messages where she texted him saying: “are you up for a threesome?”. He responded asking if she was being serious and then said “I’m game”.

You, Roscoe, say you believed the girl to be 16 and it was with her ostensible consent – however, a child under 13 cannot consent to intercourse.

The complainant was a child and Bradley was functioning at the level of a child. You told officers in your interview: “when somebody hands you the Holy Grail, you’re going to grab it, aren’t you”.

I am quite satisfied the prospect of a threesome blinded you to everything else. You have sought to minimise what you did and to blame others for it.

You were desperate for sex. You didn’t do anything to find out her age, you made minimum effort to do so. Bradley, you suggested a threesome to Anthony Roscoe, and then tried to cover it up by deleting the messages.” ”

Roscoe was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for a period of five years and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely. Bradley was made subject of a SHPO for five years.