July 2021

Leeds fitness instructor groomed teen girl and had sex with her in family home and park

A paedophile fitness instructor who preyed on a vulnerable young girl before engaging her into sexual activity on multiple occasions has been jailed.

Twisted Anthony Beardsley offered his victim extra exercise classes away from the Leeds fitness centre at which he worked but used the opportunity to carry out his campaign of sexual grooming.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 44-year-old took his victim to a park multiple times where he carried out sex acts on her and had sex with her at his own home while his wife and children were out between January and September 2020.

Suspicions were raised when the girl’s dad read a series of texts on his daughter’s phone from Beardsley intimating that they were arranging to meet up.

When Beardsley was booked in at a police station he asked if he could just admit his offending there and then as he wanted to rebuild his life.

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In a victim impact statement, the young girl said she had felt like “a toy” and was relieved when her father found out about the abuse.

Leeds Crown Court heard that in one text to the girl Beardsley wrote: “It was so good. Kissing you is so f***ing good. I want to make you happy.”

Her impact statement went on to say: “Learn to control yourself and keep it in your own pants. Telling me to hide stuff like this means you knew it was wrong. You took me to your own house and made me do unspeakable things.”

Judge Graham Reeds QC told Beardsley he found it hard to believe that it was the young girl who had attached herself to him and said it was “clear grooming behaviour” and that he could have prevented it.

Beardsley, of St John’s Road, Leeds, admitted 13 counts of sexual activity with a child and had suffered reactive depression as a result of the case brought against him.

He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.