A professional ballet dancer has been jailed for raping a man he tricked into having sex with him in a hotel after confronting a fake persona online.
Regan Wilson, 23, allegedly used the fake online profile to speak with his victim before making a date at a hotel in London in January.
The Doncaster dancer was locked up for four years today (Friday) after admitting two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault on the fifth day of his trial earlier this year.
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Wood Green Crown Court heard Wilson’s defense unfold midway through the trial and it was only then that he decided to plead guilty.
He was accused of raping his victim in London shortly after the New Year after creating what a judge described as a ‘fake online persona’.
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The same judge added that what Wilson said in cross-examination was a “complete lie” because he had misled the court.
Wilson appeared in the capital’s court during his sentencing hearing where he was described by his lawyer Bethan Rogers as a “very, very fragile young man”.
She described her actions as “completely twisted and utterly wrong”, but alluded to the number of positive references from friends and family. He has also been described as “talented and intelligent”.
The court heard from Ms Rogers that Wilson had struggled with mental health issues at the time of the rapes and experienced a ‘whirlwind of everything that was wrong’.
However, Judge Karim Ezzat reminded Wilson, of Pasture Close, Doncaster that he was not the victim.
He said: ‘You engaged in conduct which resulted in you being charged with criminal harassment.
“You created a fake persona online. Things progressed the moment you booked a hotel.
“You deceived the plaintiff. He did not give you consent to have sex with you. He believed he was having sex with someone else.
“You are not the victim here.”
Wilson was sentenced to four years in prison and given an indefinite restraining order. He will also be placed on the sex offender registry indefinitely.
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According to social media sites and professional profiles of Mr. Wilson, he started dancing at the age of eight and continued his career through college and professional dance school.
He graduated from the London Studio Center in North Finchley with a degree in theatrical dance and classical ballet.
Mr Wilson also studied for a Diploma in Contemporary Dance and Choreography at North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe between 2014 and 2016.
His profiles indicate that he is highly skilled in both ballet and contemporary dance.
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