May 2017

Sex offender who abused boys sent back to prison for molesting schoolgirl

A serial sex offender who abused a string of children is behind bars again for molesting a young girl.

Paul Thomas, 27, already has a five-year jail term to his name – along with a lifetime ban on taking youngsters on fishing expeditions – for sexually abusing three boys.

Now he is starting a second long prison sentence after a fourth victim came forward, this time a girl.

Thomas repeatedly touched the underage schoolgirl, significantly younger than him, several years ago when he living in Thornaby.

It came to light after the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told her mother how Thomas made her touch him and tried to force her to have sex with him.

Her father reported it to the police and Thomas was arrested, Teesside Crown Court was told by prosecutor Richard Bennett.

The girl revealed her ordeal to her mother after learning of Thomas’ 2013 conviction for sex offences.

He abused three boys around the same time as he assaulted the girl.

He incited one boy to take indecent photographs of an even younger girl, threatening to kill himself if the boy refused.

He used similar pressure to incite the boy to rape the girl and a younger boy, but the boy resisted.

Thomas was jailed for five years in May 2013 for 11 offences of sexual assault and inciting and causing a child to engage in sexual conduct.

Sentencing him, Judge Peter Bowers said Thomas targeted, manipulated and isolated vulnerable and impressionable boys.

Thomas was put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

When interviewed about the latest allegations by the girl, he claimed she was lying because she had seen things about him on the internet.

Despite his convictions for child sex offences, he denied being sexually attracted to children.

Thomas, of Myrtle Street, central Middlesbrough, later admitted four charges of sexual assault.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told Thomas: “Over a prolonged period you abused a number of children, three boys and a girl.”

He jailed Thomas for three years for the sexual assaults on the girl and gave him an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

A charge of attempted rape was left to lie on the court file.

May 2013

Paedophile jailed following campaign of abuse

A PAEDOPHILE who preyed on three schoolboys during a sickening six-year campaign of grooming and abuse was last night behind bars.

Paul Thomas was jailed for five years and told by a judge: “You have an entrenched and wholly inappropriate sexual interest in children.”

Thomas, 22, was also put on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life and banned from having unsupervised contact with under-16s.

Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday how the parents of his first victim did not go to the police because they wanted to protect the boy.

It was only after they heard about him being quizzed about abusing another youngster years later that they made a statement to detectives.

Thomas, of The Crescent, Thornaby, near Stockton, confessed to sexually assaulting the first child and forcing the second to do explicit things.

He denied any wrongdoing with the third victim, but was found guilty of two charges by a jury yesterday afternoon after a three-day trial.

Judge Peter Bowers told him: “I hope during this period in prison you will undergo the sex offender treatment programme to give an insight into the cause of your behaviour.”

The court heard how Thomas persuaded one boy to take an indecent picture of his younger sister, and asked him to film himself raping her.

Peter Sabiston, mitigating, said the offences were never going to be committed, and described his text messages as “stupid and rash”.

“He is still having difficulty coming to terms with why he did it,” said Mr Sabiston. “He feels ashamed and troubled by what he has done.”

Thomas pleaded guilty to five charges of sexual assault and four of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing.

The jury of seven men and four women convicted him of a further two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity