August 2020

Pervert jailed for grooming three under age girls into sexual activity

A pervert living in Exeter has been jailed for grooming three under age girls into sexual activity and trying to groom two more

David Orchard, who is also known as Withyman, was sofa surfing or living in his car when he met the girls, aged 13, 14 and 15.

The court heard that he groomed a 14-year-old schoolgirl in Exeter during which they had unprotected sex in his car four times.

He was caught because he started walking her to school and teachers became worried about his contact with her.

Orchard moved to Exeter while he was being investigated for sexual activity with two under age girls in Sheffield.

He defied a police notice to stay away from a 15-year-old girl and persuaded her to have sex with him at a friend’s house.

Just weeks later, he invited two 13-year-olds to his sister’s house in Sheffield to watch a film and got one of them to give him oral sex.

Police found social media messages with two more girls on his phone. He suggested sex with both and boasted about the size of his penis to the 13-year-old, writing ‘you could not get any bigger’.

Orchard, aged 23, Of no fixed address, admitted two counts of sexual activity with a child and two of sexual communications with a child.

He denied a further count of sexual activity with the child in Exeter but was found guilty at a trial in Exeter in January.

He was jailed for five years by Recorder Mr Jonathan Barnes at Exeter Crown Court.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order which bans any future contact with under age girls.

He told him:”What you did was very serious. You knew full well you should not have been engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity with under age girls.

“You were with three separate young girls and two further offences of sexual grooming of two more. I am sure you would have proceeded to commit sexual offences against them if you had the opportunity.

“If you come out of prison and get involved with under aged girls again, you will go to prison for a very long time indeed.”

Mr Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said the first offences were committed in Sheffield in July and August of 2017 with girls aged 15 and 13.

He had been seeing the older girl for some months and had been issued with an abduction order which banned him from contact. He cajoled into having full sex with her.

He met two 13-year-old girls on Facebook and invited them to his sister’s house where he got one of them to masturbate him. He then pushed her head down onto his penis and held it there for about 25 seconds.

He was arrested and interviewed by police and denied meeting the two girls, even after they had picked him out in an identification procedure.

Orchard was released under investigation and moved to Devon in October 2017, living under the name of Withyman and spending some of his time living in his car.

He met the 14-year-old shortly after arriving in Exeter and they had a relationship which included having sex in his car.

Mr Crabb said:”He walked with her to school and must have known how old she was. She developed something of a crush on him and the sex was fully consensual. Her school alerted her mother who called the police.”

Orchard went on to groom two more girls on Facebook, sending a 15-year-old a picture of his penis with lewd messages.