A man who paid £90 for a taxi from Cardiff to Swansea to meet a runaway student was jailed after being found guilty of raping her.
Paul Clement, 39, had demanded his ‘money’s worth’ from the 15-year-old girl – who he hooked up with on a social networking site – after he went to meet her on the grounds of her school.
Swansea Crown Court heard he arrived expecting to have sex and pressured the girl until she gave in.
Clement was drinking with his friend William L’Homme in Cardiff when they hooked up with the girl and her 14-year-old friend on Whisper.
They arranged to meet in Swansea where the girls had run away from home earlier in the day.
Prosecutor Andrew Davies said: ‘They used the social media app Whisper to contact the girls and took a taxi to Swansea where they met the two schoolgirls and gave them a long-stemmed red rose.
‘The prosecution says it would have been obvious to men in their thirties that they were under-age girls.’
The two innocent teenagers had disappeared from home on the night of 24 May 2017 and their families were desperately looking for them.
Swansea Crown Court heard Clement targeted the older girl after her friend ran off.
Mr Davies said: ‘He told her: “Come on, this is not fair. I have come all the way down here and spent £90 on a taxi and it is for nothing”.
‘There is a clear picture of a man who spent money on the expectation of sex and would not have his money’s worth until it went further.
‘She was resisting but he was being persistent and went on to rape her.’
The girls kept quiet about meeting the men from Maerdy, Rhondda, South Wales, who were not arrested until six months later.
Clement told police he couldn’t remember what messages were exchanged on Whisper but he admitted: ‘It must have been something sexual to leave Cardiff and go to Swansea’.
He also added in his interview: ‘I thought my luck was in… I asked William to come with me. I did not want to go on my own. It is a long way to go on your own.’
Clement was found guilty of rape, assault by penetration, and sexual assault.
L’Homme was cleared of inciting a girl under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity during the trial last month.
Judge Peter Heywood jailed Clement for seven years saying he was a man of good character who had not taken no for an answer after meeting the 15-year-old girl for the first time.