57-year-old US born businessman and an ex-Dragons’ Den star has been charged to court for paying a 13-year-old girl to have s#x with him. He is charged with five different child s#x offences, The Sun UK reports.
Doug Richard, allegedly spanked the teenager’s bottom after arranging for her and a 15-year-old friend to join him at a £149-a-night apartment in London.
The Californian admits s#xual activity with the girl but he claims it was consensual and he believed she was at least 16.
The Old Bailey heard how the businessman, who quit the BBC show after famously failing to invest a penny in the second series, paid the two teenagers £480 for the sordid session.
The married father-of-three had met the girl through an American website called Seeking Arrangements, where she had advertised herself as a “sugar baby”, the jury heard.
The self-described “sugar daddy”, who once acted as an advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron, asked the youngster if she could meet him after school.
But he told her he would wait until the following week if she sent him naked photos, adding: “Less clothing more revealing positions.”
After she sent the snaps in December 2014, Richard replied: “Think of that as your first task for your daddy. Get it wrong and I will just have to spank you.”
Prosecuting, Gino Connor said: “The male was an experienced 56-year-old at the time.
“It should have put him on notice, at that point having seen the photos of her that she was young, 13-years-old.”