Two Men, One With HIV, Admit To Unprotected Sex With Dozens Of Underage Gay Teens
Two UK men, Anthony Marsh (pictured, right) and Lee Davis have confessed to using Grindr and other gay sex apps and sites to "groom" teenage boys as young as 13-years old for sex.
Marsh has pled guilty to 34 offenses including possessing and distributing indecent images of children, and sexual activity with a child. He apparently used his job as a traveling salesman to target victims and have sex with them in hotels throughout the UK.
Davis has admitted to 21 offenses, which include raping a 13-year-old boy, sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photographs of a child. Many of his victims came to his home.
The pair were not friends off-line, but both have admitted to sharing contact information for underage teens and confessed to a joint charge of conspiring to commit sexual activity with children.
Some of their victims had only just come out as gay and had their first sexual experience with the men, according to the detective in charge of the case. The sex was usually unprotected and Marsh, who has HIV, did not tell the teenagers that he carried the virus.
Police have identified 20 victims so far – all of whom have since tested negative for HIV, the Guardian understands. But detectives fear there could be dozens more young men who had sex with Marsh.
Most of the abused boys willingly met the men and consented to sexual activity, according to Detective Inspector Delphine Waring from South Yorkshire police, who led the inquiry. Marsh, 53, and Davis, 39, did not lie about their ages but knew most of their victims were underage, she said.
"Many of these children were confused about their sexuality or were vulnerable in other ways – some had only just come out at
schooland were being bullied when they were preyed upon by these men," said Waring. "Initially quite a few of the boys did not see themselves as victims because they had willingly gone to meet Marsh or Davis and there was no coercion or force used in most cases … For some of the boys this was their first sexual experience."
"There could be dozens more victims out there because the offending has been happening for such a long time."
Marsh and Davis will not go to trial and will be sentenced for the 55 charges that they've admitted to on December 2.
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