A UK daily newspaper has revealed that a rugby union agent placed on the sex offenders register is still on the English RFU’s accredited list.
The name of Gordon Hood, who has run The Rugby Partnership agency since 2010, still appears on the RFU list despite the 39-year-old law graduate being caught sexting a person he believed was a girl of 15.
The Sun claims that The Rugby Partnership’s biggest clients, Scotland and Lions stars Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg — who will join Exeter Chiefs next season — have both cut their ties from Hood whose client list is no longer publicly available on his company’s website.
However, the RFU’s website still lists him as an accredited agent, despite the organisation insisting two of their core values are “respect” and “discipline”.
There have been calls to strike Hood off the accredited agents list, but an RFU spokeswoman told The Sun: “We are aware of the issue and are looking very closely at it.”
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Hood’s Rugby Partnership agency claims to be “founded on integrity”. But he faces ruin after being caught talking to a girl he thought was called Mary Dundonald, originally on Tinder, before using Facebook.
The girl was in fact a paedophile hunter called Jim McGuigan on the other end of the messages, posing as a 15-year-old child.
A trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Hood asked for pictures and said: “Is your body quite developed?” and “Have you had sex yet?”
McGuigan said: “Very quickly into it, I thought I better make sure he knows what age I’m supposed to be and I told him I was 15, but he carried on speaking.
“Eventually, I said to him he wasn’t speaking to a 15-year-old and that I was going to report him to the police. He shut everything down on social media that I was using to contact him and at that point I phoned the police.”
Hood pleaded guilty to “intentionally and for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, or of humiliating, distressing or alarming a person he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, sending messages”.
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