February 2021

Paedophile groomed schoolgirl and plied her with home-brewed alcohol

A paedophile groomed a young girl before sexually assaulting her, a court has heard.

As part of the grooming Aden Kyle Steventon gave the child alcohol he had brewed at home. The abuse came to light when the youngster spoke to staff at her Swansea school.

Swansea Crown Court heard that when police went to a hotel room Steventon was using they found bottle of lubricant and sex toys.

Ian Wright, prosecuting, said Steventon had moved to Swansea in 2014 and settled in Powys Avenue in Townhill.

The court heard the 31-year-old, who worked as a landscape gardener, groomed his victim and plied her with alcohol over an extended period before sexually assaulting her.

The police were alerted after the girl made disclosures to staff at her school about what had been happening. She later described her abuser as “really gropey”.

Mr Wright said police arrested Steventon in Swansea city centre on March 17 last year and when they searched his room at the nearby Dolphin Hotel they found bottles of lubricant and sex toys.

In the course of their investigation police found the defendant had also given alcohol to another teenage girl.

In an impact statement read to the court the girl he sexually assaulted said the abuse had left her feeling “dirty” and suffering with nightmares and panic attacks. She said she was now concerned about what the future may hold and feels “everything is ruined”.

Steventon, of Walsgrave Road, Ball Hill, Coventry, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Robin Rouch, for Steventon, said the defendant realised how wrong his behaviour had been and was remorseful. He said his client was seeking help for his alcohol problem, including going to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Judge Paul Thomas QC told Steventon he had groomed his victim “slowly and determinedly” before assaulting her.

Giving the defendant a 25% discount for his guilty plea the judge sentenced him to four years in prison.

Steventon will serve half that period in custody before being released on licence under the UK government’s early release scheme to serve the remainder in the community.

The defendant will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life and was made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.