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Man guilty of raping teenage schoolgirls

PUBLISHED: 17:02 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

A MAN faces a hefty jail sentence after he was found guilty of raping two schoolgirls and forcing a 13-year-old boy to have oral sex with them. Ricky Ashley, 45, of Eresby Drive, Beckenham, was convicted of 20 charges of rape, sexual activity with a chil

A MAN faces a hefty jail sentence after he was found guilty of raping two schoolgirls and forcing a 13-year-old boy to have oral sex with them.

Ricky Ashley, 45, of Eresby Drive, Beckenham, was convicted of 20 charges of rape, sexual activity with a child, and inciting others to engage in sexual activity at Croydon Crown Court on Monday.

A judge at Croydon Crown Court ordered an inquiry into his potential danger to the public, and he was remanded in custody to December 16. One of the young victims, giving evidence behind a screen, told jurors how he touched her breasts and had sex with her as they watched a film together.

It all stopped when she was 15 and began going out with a boy. The older girl's first clash with Ashley came in a caravan, she told the jury of five men and seven women.

She said: "He tried to touch me when I was in my nightie. He said 'Sorry. It was an accident'."

On a later date he kissed her and then had sex with her and he boasted that he had lost his own virginity when he was nine. Judge John Tanzer ordered the probation service to carry out an assessment as to his potential danger to the public. He had denied all the charges claiming in evidence: "All the young people have got together and colluded to make the allegations.

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