July 2013

Ice cream seller jailed over sex acts with underage girls

An ice cream seller from Merseyside, who indulged in sex acts with two under-age girls he met at a village show in Wales, has been jailed for five years.

Gary Young, 47, of Livingstone Road, Leasowe, Wirral, was branded a danger to young girls by a judge.

He admitted five charges of sexual activity with two girls aged 14 and 15.

Earlier charges of rape, which he denied, were dropped.

At Mold Crown Court, Nicholas Williams, prosecuting, said that the victims had been drinking wine before they arrived at the show.

They sat on chairs by the ice cream van and Young, he said, identified his targets – two vulnerable girls at the time without adult supervision.

Their parents were already at the show.

Young began to question them intimately, asked if they were “innocent”, he said that he was 39, gave them cigarettes and bought them a bracelet each.

Young gave his phone number to them and said they would meet up later.

He took them in his ice cream van to an isolated wood where the offences took place in August last year.

He did not mention he had met them when their frantic parents later approached, looking for them.

Judge Philip Hughes extended Young’s licence period by three years because he said that he regarded him as a dangerous offender.

He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for life. An indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) was also made to curb his future activities.

The defendant had no previous sexual convictions but during a previous investigation he had admitted to the police that he had been sexually attracted to two 15-year-old girls.

Judge Hughes said that it was clear that Young had an unhealthy interest in young girls.

The judge said that it would have been clear to the defendant that the girls had been drinking alcohol, one had been physically sick, but he had taken advantage of them.

He had asked them intimate questions, he had given them gifts, gave them his mobile number, and bought them more alcohol.

Judge Hughes said: “You were plainly grooming them for sex.”

Young then drove them off in the ice cream van to an area where he thought he would not be disturbed and sexually assaulted both of them.

The judge told him: “You simply used the two girls, one after another, to satisfy your lust. You were old enough to be their father.

“Your position as an ice cream seller from a van gave you extra opportunity to contact young girls.”

Zillah Williams, defending, said that the offences would cause concern but stressed that the rape allegations had been dropped.