Former Olympic athlete sentenced to years for child sex offences

13/11/2015

David Smith, who represented Great Britain at hammer-throwing in the 1996 Olympics was sentenced today at Grimsby Crown Court to two years in jail after pleading guilty to six charges of obtaining the sexual services of a child.

Jeremy Evans, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside Crown Advocate said: "This defendant pleaded guilty to six charges of obtaining the sexual services of a child.

"He met his victim online and proceeded to take advantage of her vulnerability. He arranged a number of meetings with her during which sexual activity occurred in return for payment. The activity was filmed on his mobile phone on a number of occasions.

"The victim, who was 14 years old at the time of the offences, was demeaned and exploited.

"The sentence handed down today emphasises that we will not tolerate the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in any form, and we will continue to prosecute those who seek out children online for sexual gratification."