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Anton van Dellen, ex-ambulance boss, 'groomed boy for sex'

A former ambulance trust chief executive drove a 15-year-old boy to a secluded spot and encouraged him to carry out a sex act, a court has heard.

Basildon Crown Court was told that Anton van Dellen, 41, from Stamford Brook Avenue, Hammersmith, west London, had groomed the boy on Facebook.

The Cambridge University student previously worked for the Welsh and Staffordshire Ambulance Services.

He denies meeting a child under 16 after sexual grooming.

Mr van Dellen was studying at the university at the time of the alleged grooming, between May and June 2011, the court heard.

He was interim chief executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service for two months until August 2006 and had previously been deputy chief executive of Staffordshire Ambulance Service.

On the night they met, Mr van Dellen parked his silver Volkswagen Polo near the boy's home before driving him to an isolated area.

'Naughty things'

Cyrus Shroff, prosecuting, told the court the boy had made it clear he was only 15.

He said the boy complied with Mr van Dellen "because he did not know what would happen or what the defendant was capable of".

Mr Shroff told the court that when the boy informed Mr van Dellen of his age before the pair met, the defendant said: "We can meet but we can't do anything naughty."

But when the pair arranged to meet, Mr van Dellen said: "Expect naughty things to happen."

When arrested, Mr van Dellen said the boy had asked him to bring condoms to the meeting and had made the first advances towards him.

He admits meeting the boy but denies he planned any sexual contact.

Police discovered that Mr van Dellen, a qualified medical doctor and barrister, had two accounts on the social networking site Facebook when they seized his computers.

One did not have a profile picture and was used to contact the boy.

The other was used for family and friends and did have photographs attached.

The trial continues.

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