Former wrestling boss jailed for grooming girl

30/06/2017

A former wrestling boss, who staged popular events, has today, Friday, 30 June 2017, been jailed for 18 months after grooming a 12-year-old fan.

Steven Biggs, aged 40, who used to run Total Action Wrestling events in Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes, was told by a Judge he had been 'manipulative and devious' towards the girl who was infatuated with him and two other wrestlers.

The offending occurred in early 2015 and Luton Crown Court was told that Biggs no longer had any contact with the promotions and the company had closed.

Biggs, of Northumbria Gardens, Northampton, had pleaded not guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, but was found guilty by a jury on Thursday, 29 June.

His victim, now aged 14, had to give evidence to the jury. Her mother said in a statement that her daughter's childhood had been stolen and irreparable damage had been done to her.

Two other wrestlers had been given suspended prison sentences in February after admitting also grooming the girl online, but it was not suggested that the three had been acting together.

Miss Chetna Patel, prosecuting, said Biggs had been in contact with the girl online, and sent her inappropriate images of himself. He was sexually grooming her in an attempt to meet up with her. "He knew that young females were in awe of the wrestlers and used that to send her messages."

Lisa Bald, defending, said: "There is no suggestion this was a joint enterprise, they were all acting individually." She urged the court to suspend the sentence.

But Judge Barbara Mensah said that was not possible. In addition to the 18-month custodial sentence, the Judge also made Biggs the subject of a 5-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, so that he can not have unsupervised contact with girls under 16.

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