A DRUG dealer has been jailed for having underage sex with a 14-year-old girl who he had just supplied with ecstasy.

Fenton Clapp met the girl in a public park to sell her two tablets which she nicknamed Pingers for £10 each and persuaded her to come back to his flat nearby where he plied her with vodka and more pills.

The went to bed together fully clothed but he put his hands between her legs and then pulled down her leggings and had sex with her. She asked what he was doing and he replied “watch”.

The girl said she felt almost unable to move because of the drugs she had taken.

Clapp had been making up to £800 a day selling cocaine, ecstasy, and ketamine for more than a year to users all over Mid Devon who he met in Amory Park, Tiverton after replying to his advertisements on Instagram and Facebook.

He had also sexually assaulted another 15-year-old schoolgirl twice and taken videos on his mobile telephone of a 16-year-old girl performing sex acts with him, including licking cocaine off his private parts.

He was jailed at Exeter Crown Court where Judge David Evans categorised him as a dangerous offender, meaning he will serve his full sentence unless deemed safe enough to be given parole.

Clapp, aged 20, of Bridge Street, Tiverton, admitted three counts of sexual activity with a child, one of assault by penetration, two of taking indecent images of a child under 18, affray, theft, bank card fraud and four of drug supply.

He was jailed for a total of five years and 11 months with a two year, seven month extended licence, put on the sex offenders’ register for life, and made subject of a sexual harm prevention order which requires him to tell the police whenever he starts a new intimate relationship after his release.

Judge Evans told him: “The sad truth about you is that with regard to your drug offending and your sexual partners, you simply did not care how old they were. You were compelled by a selfish pursuit of obtaining money from drug sales and obtaining your own sexual gratification.

“You did not and still do not appreciate the dreadful harm that drug taking causes and the awful harm which sexual offending can cause. I have read the victim statements which describe how you have bent their young lives out of shape.

“You took advantage of a 14-year-old girl who was, to your knowledge, significantly affected by the drugs which you had supplied to her.

“It is the combination of drug supply and the quest for sexual gratification that creates the risk. The callous way in which you supplied drugs and sought sexual gratification regardless of age cannot be explained wholly by the malign effect of your own raging drug habit.”

Mr Simon Burns, prosecuting, said Clapp committed his first two sexual assaults on a 15-year-old girl in December 2022, twice touching her private parts, on the second occasion when she has half asleep and had not consented.

He met the 14-year-old in Amory Park on April 3 last year and sold her two MDMA tablets known as Pingers for a total of £20 and then took her back to his home where he had sex with her after she had taken at least one of them.

He went on to give her more pills, placing them on her tongue and then getting her to swallow them with a shot of vodka.

She said she felt “quite gone” and was so heavily drugged that she could not stand up on her own.

The girl’s parents reported her missing and police, after she did not come home that night, raided Clapp’s home, finding her hiding inside.

The girls both wrote victim personal statements.

The first said Clapp had manipulated her and she now needs counselling for the effect of the assaults on her mental health.

The second said her school work had suffered, she is receiving counselling, and had contemplated suicide when she thought she would have to give evidence.

Checks on Clapp’s phone revealed extensive drug dealing over more than a year and 10 sex movies he filmed made of a 16-year-old girl, some involving cocaine. He told a probation officer he had been making £800 a day from drug dealing.

While under investigation for the earlier offences, he pulled a knife on a man at a skate park in Tiverton and stole a disabled woman’s bag when she left it for a moment outside her house. He then went on a contactless spending spree with her cards.

Miss Francesca Whebell, defending, said Clapp became a drug user at an early age as a result of a troubled childhood and developed a serious habit which was costing him £500 a day.

She said he was heavily affected by drugs when he committed all the sexual offences but had not used them to facilitate having sex with the 14-year-old girl.

Crown Court Reporter