June 2016

Fairfield paedophile Barry Potts handed six more years behind bars


A paedophile jailed for historic sex offences was handed a further six years behind bars after three more of his victims came forward.

Barry Potts, 67, of Bridgemere Close, Fairfield , was sentenced to seven years in prison in February 2015, after preying on two girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

He was found guilty of six counts of gross indecency against a young girl and one count of sexual assault relating to a teenager.

But Judge Denis Watson, QC, today told Liverpool Crown Court : “It is now clear that they were far from your only victims.

“You are someone who has to be sentenced as a serial offender – you moved from victim to victim.”

Following a report on his sentencing in the Liverpool ECHO , three more of Potts’ victims contacted the police.

He admitted five counts of indecent assault and one count of exposure against a girl aged between five and eight.

Martine Snowdon, prosecuting, said this happened in the early 1980s, when the pervert was aged from 31 to 35.

The victim, who has suffered from depression, told the court the abuse destroyed her childhood.

She said Potts warned her to keep it a secret, or she would be taken from her parents.

The woman has since struggled to form relationships and used to fear bumping into him in public. She said she wanted him to know what he had done to her.

Potts also admitted a charge of indecency with a child, when she was aged between nine and 10, also in the early 1980s.

The court heard he pleasured himself in a back yard while she was watching and she remembered thinking “I’m going to die here”.

The victim said how scared she was of him and seeing his mugshot had brought back memories she had tried to forget.

Potts pleaded guilty to two counts of indecency with a child and outraging public decency in relation to a girl aged between eight and 10.

Ms Snowdon said the woman recalled how Potts used his Jack Russell to lure her into his house and again threatened her to stay quiet.

On another occasion she walked past his house and saw him pleasuring himself while standing by the front window.

When interviewed by police, Potts admitted exposing himself but denied touching the first victim, before later accepting all of the allegations.

Keith Sutton, defending, said his client was not set for release until August 2018.

He said: “In some ways it may sound like hollow words for the victims, but Mr Potts has asked me to apologise for what he did and the effect on them.”

Judge Watson said Potts caused the first girl “severe psychological harm”.

He said: “Your conduct towards her has cast a long and lasting shadow over her life. Your conduct towards her was utterly shameful, disgraceful and repulsive.”

Judge Watson handed Potts six years in prison, to be served consecutively to his existing sentence.


February 2015

Liverpool pensioner jailed after abusing young girls

The grim past of a Liverpool paedophile who preyed on young girls today caught up with him.

Barry Potts, 65, was jailed for seven years at Liverpool Crown Court for a string of historical sex offences.

Potts, of Bridgemere Close, Fairfield, exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl during the 1980s and committed a number of offences against another young girl in the 1970s and 80s.

He was convicted of six counts of gross indecency and one count of sexual assault after a trial.

DC Rebecca Robinson from the force’s specialist Unity Team said: “Potts is a long-standing sex offender who abused people’s trust and robbed two young girls of their innocence and the happy childhood that everyone has the right to expect.

“His victims have found the courage to finally speak out and report his crimes and I would like to pay tribute to their dignity and bravery.

“Time should never be a barrier to obtaining justice and I hope today’s sentence gives both his victims some sense of closure and vindicates their decision to come forward.

“Merseyside Police takes every report of sexual offences extremely seriously, whether or not they are recent, and has dedicated officers within the force’s Unity Team who are specially trained to both thoroughly investigate allegations and make sure that those reporting them are properly supported.”

People can call officers in the force’s Unity team on 0151 777 1382. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.