June 2010

Paedophile who lured girls to his home with alcohol and sweets is jailed

A Bridlington paedophile who “blighted the lives” of his victims has been jailed.

Hull Crown Court heard Peter Stacey lured girls aged 12, 14 and 15 to his home in the town with offers of alcohol, cigarettes and sweets, then abused them.

The 57-year-old, of Field Road, was caught when one of his victims told the police what he had done to her.

After information about Stacey’s arrest was publicised, two 12-year-old girls came forward to say they had also been abused by him.

Another victim, who was 15 when she was assaulted in 1998, also came forward.

She had complained before but her case had not been proceeded with.

Stacey admitted charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual activity with a child and was jailed for three years.

Paul Reed, prosecuting, told the court: “Her statement gives a story of great trauma and distress resulting in the fact her case was not originally proceeded with.

Judge Mettyear told Stacey: “Your’s was disgusting behaviour which blighted the lives of your victims and my sympathy goes out to all of them, especially the girl who has waited so long for justice to be done.

“I accept this type of conduct is not the worst I’ve seen in these courts, but it was bad enough.

“You appeared generous, giving drinks, alcohol and sweets but on the other hand you caused them to be fearful of you.”

Stacey’s name will be on the sex offender’s register for 10 years.

Detective Sergeant Tom Napier said: “The police are pleased on behalf of the victims that this man has been brought to justice for his terrible crimes.

“Hopefully this case provides reassurance to other sexual assault victims that complaints will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.”