March 2010

Gloucestershire paedophile jailed

A paedophile who “groomed” a young girl so that he could subject her to a string of sex attacks has been jailed for two years and five months.

Leslie Compton was said to have committed “persistent, deliberate and manipulative” sexual assaults on a “vulnerable child”.

The 53-year-old, of  Northway Lane, Tewkesbury, formerly of Water Meadow, Quedgeley, was said to have been “touchy feely” with his victim at first so that he could later molest her.

The defendant denied allegations but was convicted by a jury of two charges of indecent assault and one charge of sexual assault following a trial three weeks ago.

The defendant was jailed or two years and five months and will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

He was also subjected to a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his contact with young people.

James Patrick, prosecuting at Bristol Crown Court, said Compton preyed on his victim when she was aged between 11 and 13.

The court had previously heard during Compton’s trial how the defendant became “touchy feely” with the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, as he groomed her.

He then indecently abused the girl by touching her body.

Anna Vigars, defending, said her client had started to change his attitude since his conviction and would work with the Probation Service and Police Public Protection Service.

Jailing Compton for two years and five months on Friday, Judge Mark Horton said: “You are 53 and of good character.”

He added  Compton was  convicted by a jury of specimen counts, in particular of touching “this young child on numerous occasions between the ages of 11 and 13”.

, and a specimen count of rubbing your private parts against the body of the young girl when she was also wearing clothing.

“You were also convicted of a specimen count of sexual touching when she was 13.

“This was affected by you by a gradual period of grooming achieved by being initially touchy feely so that the child, as young as she was when this started, could not notice the transition from touch to sexual abuse.

“I have read of the ever growing admission to the offences as described in your discussions with the probation officer.

“These were persistent, deliberate and manipulative sexual assaults on a vulnerable child for a prolonged period.

“That represents an ongoing risk of harm to teenage girls.

“You have started to address a sexual problem that you have had for some time.”