Doug Richard, an American multimillionaire famous in the UK for appearing in the television show "Dragon's Den," has been cleared of charges related to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
According to The Telegraph, the 57-year-old man is an entrepreneur in the tech industry and became famous for being a judge on the BBC show “Dragon’s Den,” which was brought to the U.S. in the form of “Shark Tank.”
He was also an associate of British Prime Minister David Cameron, advising him on his finances in 2011.
Richard was arrested on Jan. 5, 2015, for meeting with a 13-year-old girl in London and having sex with her. He was charged with sexual activity with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and paying for sexual services.
Richard admitted in court that he had searched for sexual partners on Seeking Arrangements, a website designed to link up “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies.”
“As mortifying it is to say, I was looking for role play and fantasy relationships involving dominance and submission,” Richard said.
The millionaire arranged for two teenagers from Norwich, England, to travel down to London, where he took them to a hotel room. He had sex with the younger teenager, who had allegedly lied that she was 16 years old, the age of consent in the UK.
Richard then paid the girls the equivalent of $500 to go shop.
The jury in Richard’s case deliberated for four hours before ruling him not guilty of all three counts on Jan. 29.
There was another high-profile sexual assault case in the UK involving a millionaire in 2015.
Ehsan Abdulaziz, 46, a millionaire property developer, had been accused of raping an 18-year-old girl in London. Abdulaziz told authorities that he had never touched her, USA Today reported.
After DNA evidence revealed Abdulaziz’s semen inside of the victim, he changed his story. He told police that he had finished having consensual sex with a 24-year-old woman, when he tripped and fell on top of the 18-year-old. He claimed she was sleeping on his couch that night after a night of drinking and had allegedly pulled him toward her when he went to check on her.
He was also found not guilty.