Sick sex predator caged for assault on Falkirk girlfriend

Sheriff Craig Caldwell jailed Readenour for 14 months
Sheriff Craig Caldwell jailed Readenour for 14 months

A German-born sex offender who groomed young girls in the US was jailed for 14 months today for viciously attacking his Falkirk girlfriend.

Stefan Readenour (29) learned he will also be deported once he has finished his sentence – as soon as the Home Office can find which country will take him.

The dual US/German citizen subjected his terrified partner to hours of terror at their home in Falkirk after she threatened to leave him, pulling her hair out, dragging her downstairs and screaming “I want you to die in this house”.

Falkirk Sheriff Court heard the incident began after Readenour received deportation papers and sat up drinking in the night.

He began arguing with his girlfriend, seized her mobile phone, threw a bottle of juice at her, threatened to punch her on the head, forced himself on top of her, and pulled clumps of her hair out.

He also smashed a telephone and a camera, and put her clothes down the toilet before threatening to urinate on them.

Procurator fiscal depute Jemma Eadie said: “At 10.30am, the complainer stated she was going to stay with her grandmother for a few days. It was clear Mr Readenour took exception to this and he told her, ‘I want you to die in this house’.”

Appearing for sentence today, Readenour pled guilty last month to the assault he committed at an address in Hayfield, Falkirk, on August 23.

Defence solicitor Toni Pentecost said Readenour’s social background report highlighted “quite valid concerns” about his attitude towards women.

She said: “He accepts this is an area in which he needs some form of help.”

Readenour was convicted of grooming a 12-year-old girl for sex while he was living in Indiana in 2004. He was also accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl, but the charges were dropped after she changed her statement.

Six years later, he was charged in Tennessee with grooming a victim he thought was a girl of 15, but was actually a male detective.

Readenour was charged with solicitation – asking a minor for sex – and with breaking the terms of his sex offenders’ registration by living less than 1000 feet from a playground, football fields and a children’s playground.

He pled guilty and was freed because he had already spent six months in jail awaiting trial, long enough to cover his sentence, and moved first to Bamberg in Germany and then Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

After moving from Newcastle to Scotland, Readenour worked in a Stirling branch of Domino’s, Pizza Hut in Falkirk, Mathieson’s Bakers in Larbert, and Caledonian Produce, Bo’ness.

Domino’s and Caledonian, which makes salads for Marks and Spencer, dismissed him when they learned of his past.

Imposing the 14 month jail term today, Sheriff Craig Caldwell said a “lengthy” background report revealed “some very concerning information indeed” and also made reference to Readenour’s ill-treatment of other former partners.

He said: “Although your history of offending in this country is limited, it’s clear from the information I have that you pose a significant risk to women, particularly young women.

“It is clear to me that you are a significant risk to young females. This was a protracted course of conduct perpetrated on your then partner over a period of hours, which was extremely distressing and frightening for her.

“Notwithstanding her distressed requests to allow her to leave, you did not do so.”

Readenour showed no emotion as he was led to the cells.