October 2010

Paedophile jailed after targeting lone young women at night

A PREDATOR who targeted and sexually assaulted women as they walked alone at night has been jailed for six years.

Dean Pearce, pictured, attacked a woman minutes after she had left a Newcastle bar in November.

The attack happened two months after Pearce had sexually assaulted another young woman in Wolverhampton.

Now Pearce, who was jailed for 21 months in 2005 for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, has been described as a “significant risk to young women” by a crown court judge.

The 28-year-old, of no fixed address, must serve at least three-and-a-half years in prison before he can apply for parole after admitting three sexual assaults.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Pearce targeted his Newcastle victim after she left the Revolution bar at 1.30am on November 18.

He followed her to a car park in Water Street, pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her twice. After the attack, he told the woman she would be killed if she told police.

The court heard Pearce was arrested in January after his DNA was found on his victim.

Four months earlier, Pearce had started talking to a woman in Wolverhampton late at night.

He later forced her to the ground, pulled her hair back, grabbed her throat and sexually assaulted her.

His DNA was found on her neck and fingernail, as she scratched him during her ordeal.

Joanna Clarke, mitigating, said Pearce had a long and entrenched alcohol problem which may have affected his judgment and led to the offences being committed.

Judge Robert Trevor-Jones told Pearce: “Given your antecedent history, the combination of these offences demonstrates clearly what a considerable danger you are to young women.

“In quite a predatorial way you waited in the middle of the night for the opportunity to approach young solitary females as they made their way home.”

Pearce will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Detective Inspector Dave Giles of Newcastle CID said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this case. Hopefully this will provide some closure to the victims of these crimes.

“Staffordshire Police is committed to investigating crimes of this nature and bringing offenders to justice.”