Es­cort kicked out of US for tryst with boy, 14, put on sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter

Daily Mail - - PETER OBORNE - By Chris Green­wood Chief Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

A BRI­TISH es­cort who took a 14-year- old boy’s vir­gin­ity in a US ho­tel room for £340 was put on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter yes­ter­day.

Sarah McGill, 28, who had faced up to 15 years in jail, was or­dered to leave the US af­ter be­ing con­victed of lewd or las­civ­i­ous bat­tery – known as statu­tory rape in the UK.

Yes­ter­day mag­is­trates were told that ed­in­burgh- based McGill, who was given five years pro­ba­tion by the Amer­i­can author­i­ties, re­mains a dan­ger to young peo­ple and must stay on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for seven years.

The boy had con­tacted hyp­nother­a­pist McGill, who led a dou­ble life as an es­cort, on­line. She was ar­rested at the Court­yard Mar­riott ho­tel in Or­lando, Florida, in April and cut a deal with prose­cu­tors af­ter the vic­tim told po­lice they had sex. his fa­ther had found out what he had done and re­ported McGill to the author­i­ties.

When de­tec­tives went to her ho­tel room they found McGill in­side with a man. Cash and con­doms were in­side a safe. In­ves­ti­ga­tors found a web pro­file of her in a se­ries of racy poses in her un­der­wear un­der the name ‘Sophia Belle’.

McGill said the pos­si­bil­ity of a long sen­tence ‘scared her’ dur­ing an emo­tional two- hour in­ter­view with US po­lice.

She claimed she felt ‘ter­ri­ble’ the vic­tim was a child and in­sisted she did not know be­fore­hand. She said she had been trav­el­ling alone across the US and de­nied ac­cept­ing money for sex.

Dur­ing the in­ter­view, she said: ‘he wanted to touch me. We were talk­ing and one thing led to an­other. That was it. I wish that I never took him up­stairs. I feel like such an id­iot. What­ever hap­pened, I never had any ill in­ten­tion. I’m just a very down-to-earth, nor­mal per­son.

‘I’ve never been in hand­cuffs or any­thing like that so it’s scary for me. I don’t want to go to jail.’

The vic­tim told po­lice he felt ‘guilty’ about sleep­ing with McGill but only did it be­cause he felt peer pres­sure to lose his vir­gin­ity. The es­cort was held in a Florida de­ten­tion cen­tre af­ter breach­ing her pro­ba­tion be­fore be­ing de­ported. McGill, who was not present, was put on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court in West Lon­don.

The court heard McGill was ‘not ob­ject­ing’ to be­ing on the reg­is­ter. Ac­cord­ing to her so­cial me­dia pro­files, she is a clin­i­cal hyp­nother­a­pist in ed­in­burgh.

Tout­ing for sex: McGill poses in her web pro­file with her face ob­scured

Lewd bat­tery: Sarah McGill

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