February 2013


A VICTIM of a sex abuser today said she fears more survivors of the serial paedophile have yet to come forward.

She spoke out as pervert David Spencer, 26, was jailed for seven years for attacks on seven children.

The woman, who was just 13 when Wearsider Spencer started abusing her, said: “Seven years isn’t long enough for a dangerous character like this.

“What he did to me left me with little self-confidence, no trust in men, and little ability to build relationships.

“He is a danger to society and I think there are more people out there who have been victims of him.”

Spencer was just 11 when he started preying on children.

In total, he targeted seven girls – who were aged as young as just eight – from the late 1990s.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday he admitted 26 sexual offences, including indecent assaults and an attempted rapes, dating up to 2011.

Four victims were targeted during in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Houghton, where Spencer was living at the time.

To prevent his crimes being reported, he would terrify those he abused, warning them they would not be believed if they told.

Spencer’s offending halted in the mid 2000s, but in the summer of 2011, his crimes began again.

He groomed a group of schoolgirls whom he let stay at his flat in Fence Houses, having unlawful intercourse with two of them, who were aged 15, and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old.

One of his victims today said: “The fact there was this gap in his offending, before he started all over again, shows just how dangerous he is.

“At the end of the day, he is going to spend maybe as little as half his sentence locked up.

“It’s not enough for what he did to all these children.”

At Newcastle Crown Court Spencer was also banned from working with children for life and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

He must abide by the conditions of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to limit his contact with children for the next seven years.

Alec Burns, defending, told the court: “He now understands what he was doing. He accepted all along it was wrong.”

Mr Burns said Spencer, of no fixed address, suffered a traumatic upbringing and spent time in children’s homes and care.