TV magician Richard Bellars spared jail after sending sexual texts to 15-year-old girl
Richard Bellars appeared
on Britain's Got Talent and Fool Us
A TV magician who regularly performs
for celebrities has avoided jail despite sending naked pictures to
a 15-year-old girl - and saying he would rape her.
Creepy Richard Bellars, 31, also sent
sexual texts to the girl, including one where he said: "I will hold
you down and rape you."
In another, the magic man, who
appeared on Jonathan Ross’s Fool Us show, sent a picture of him
performing a sex act.
Father-of-one Bellars, who performed
on the last series of Britain’s Got Talent, committed the crimes
during a 100-hour magic show in Kent.
Bellars pleaded guilty to sending the
pictures and causing an underage girl to engage in sexual activity
at a hearing at Sevenoakes Magistrate’s Court after handing himself
into police over the text messages.
"It's never happened before and it will never happen again. I'm the same man you've always known and I made a stupid mistake..." – magician Richard Bellars
He had been warned his crimes were so
serious he could face jail, but he has escaped with a three-year
Sentencing him, magistrate Gary Knight
said the situation had "escalated in a very short period".
The court also imposed a sexual
offenders’ prevention order that restricts Bellars coming into
contact with children unless their parents know of his
Pervy Bellars swapped contact details
with two 15-year-old girls during his marathon magic act, at a
fundraiser in Southborough, in May.
One of the girls and Bellars became
friends on Facebook and were soon chatting on Skype.
Days later, unprompted, the girl
texted a topless picture of herself. Bellars deleted it, but then
asked her to re-send it.
He then sent her a picture of himself
in the bath and several of him performing a sex act as well as the
text suggesting rape.
Magician Richard Bellars
was sentenced at Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court
During an earlier hearing, Brian
Ferris, defending, told the court the girl had texted Bellars
"something like, ‘we’d better get our story straight’," after she
discussed a "hypothetical situation" with a police office who gave
a talk at her school.
Instead, Bellars walked into Tonbridge
police station, and admitted sending the texts and pictures.
Bellars famously managed to fool Penn
and Teller, on Jonathan Ross’s ITV Fool Us show, with a mind trick
where he successfully predicted the outcomes of various tasks.
Following his sentence, Bellars said:
"To everybody that I know, whether a friend or a supporter of my
magic career, I just want to say I'm truly sorry for my actions and
for letting you down.
"It's never happened before and it
will never happen again.
"I'm the same man you've always known
and I made a stupid mistake."
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