October 2010

Sex fiend jailed, and banned from even talking to children

A pervert who molested a youngster outside his own home has been jailed and barred from speaking to or going near children.

James Chapman assaulted a boy under 10 who was sitting on the front garden wall of his parent’s house in south Manchester. The attack – which was witnessed by another little boy – left the victim ‘disturbed’ and plagued by fears that Chapman would target him again, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The unemployed 59-year-old, of Barnard Road, Gorton, has been locked up for 16 months after admitting sexual assault in an earlier hearing.

The court was told that sex-obsessed Chapman – who worked at B&M Bargains in Gorton before getting the sack – had ‘deviant’ tendencies. He was walking down the street when he spotted the boy and tried to make conversation, walking past before returning to molest him.

When he was arrested Chapman denied the offence, admitting only that he had spoken to the boy about football, before finally pleading guilty in court. Simon Blakebrough, defending, said of Chapman: “Since this date he has completely stopped drinking. This appears to have been the trigger for this offending in this case.” Sentencing, Judge Anthony Gee QC, said that ‘emotional and psychological’ problems could surface for the victim in later life.

He told Chapman: “You’ve shown no remorse. You have what is described as a preoccupation with sex and the commission of this offence was directed towards achieving some sort of sexual gratification on your part. You have an interest in children – particularly male children. “The greatest aggravating feature is the age of the boy and the fact that you randomly came across the boy in the street and sexually assaulted him, apparently for your own sexual gratification.”

An indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order bars Chapman from speaking to or going within two metres of any unaccompanied children under the age of 16 who are not related to him, except during an everyday ‘commercial transaction’. And, if he goes near any child who is with a parent or guardian, he must tell them of his conviction and the circumstances. He must also sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.