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Ping-pong pervert convicted after sex acts with 15-year-old
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A PAEDOPHILE ping-pong player is facing jail after engaging in sex acts with a 15-year-old table tennis player.
Gary Tendler, 36, from Sawyers Grove in Brentwood, has this week been convicted of six charges of sexual activity with a child.
The father-of-two, a leading UK table tennis player who denied all charges, was earlier convicted of possessing indecent photographs of a child after asking the girl to email him pictures of her naked.
Tendler exchanged mobile phone numbers with the 15-year-old after meeting her at a national tournament in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 2007.
He then arranged to meet the girl – one of the country’s elite youngsters – by text message at a tournament in Harlow, where they performed sex acts in his BMW.
They also engaged in sexual activity during practice matches at his bank ABN Amro’s headquarters in Liverpool Street, London.
Married Tendler lost his £150,000 a year job after he was arrested in September 2007.
Police found 12 photographs of the girl posing naked or in just her underwear stored on his computer.
The teen told Snaresbrook Crown Court that she felt “used” and treated “like a sex object” by Tendler, who told her he had separated from his wife.
Tendler admitted having a sexual relationship with the girl but denied having full intercourse. He also claimed she had told him she was 16 years old.
In a video interview played to jurors the girl, who cannot be named, said: “I never really wanted to perform sex acts on anyone.”
The girl said she visited Tendler at his work on seven occasions.
“I suppose it just became routine,” she said.
Bespectacled Tendler and the girl got changed into table tennis attire in a post room before the ‘training’ began.
She said the father-of-two sent text messages before one encounter asking if he could perform sex acts on her.
She said no but the next time he saw her she said “he just did it” anyway.
Tendler also got the girl to perform a sex act on him again in a toilet cubicle during a boozy night out in the West End.
Tendler told the girl: “It’s only an illegal relationship if we have sex.”
The duo met regularly before a family friend reported the relationship to police.
The girl said she became depressed and tried to kill herself twice during the relationship by overdosing on painkillers.
Tendler has been placed on conditional bail until sentencing on May 29.