School bus driver Cleve Pain guilty of sexually assaulting teen, offering to be ‘sugar daddy’

A school bus driver from southwestern Western Australia has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl after emailing her on social media and offering to be her “sugar daddy”.

Cleve Maynard Pain, 52, was on trial last week charged with sending the teen a sexually explicit video of herself via Snapchat before arranging to pick her up from a friend’s house and take her back to his family. home for sex.

The court heard that Pain told the girl during the car ride that she had to wear a blindfold so she couldn’t see where she had been taken and when they arrived at his house, he gave her $200.

It was alleged that during their interaction on social media, Pain offered to help the girl with money and told her he could be her “sugar daddy” in exchange for sex.

Days after the abuse, the girl was taken to the police by her mother and an investigation began.

Defense claimed teen lied

Pain denied all charges against him, claiming that the girl was telling lies.

He admitted to sending the sexually explicit video of himself to the girl, but insisted she made him believe she was over 16.

He testified that she had come to his house on one occasion, but insisted the sexual abuse allegations were false.

Snapchat app loaded on an iPhone, sitting on a surface
Interactions between Pain and the girl started on the popular photo messaging app Snapchat.Provided by Flickr: Adam Przezdziek

Pain said he communicated with the girl on social media because she had repeatedly complained about her life at home and her family and he felt sorry for her and wanted to offer help and advice.

Immediate jail time probably unavoidable: judge

The jury deliberated for about three and a half hours before finding him guilty of one charge of using electronic communications to engage a child under 16 in sexual activity and two counts of sexually penetrating a child under 16 .

Pain was acquitted of a fourth charge of possession of child exploitation material – which related to photos of the girl in her underwear found in a deleted folder on his cell phone.

His lawyer told the court that the photos, which were “selfies” that the girl had taken and posted on her social media account, could not be considered indecent.

Pain was remanded in custody until a conviction next month.

Judge Bruce Goetze told him it was likely “inevitable” that he would face an immediate jail term.

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