February 2015

Devious teenage rapist jailed for six years

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A DEVIOUS teenager who raped and sexually abused five young girls has been given a nine-year custodial sentence.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, warned that Adrian Maynard, 17, was highly likely to re-offend when he is released and lifted a court order, enabling The Press to name him, to protect girls in future.

Michael Greenhalgh, prosecuting, told York Crown Court Maynard persistently pressed girls he knew through Facebook or socially to have sex with him, including one girl with learning difficulties and a mental age of ten.

Another girl, aged 14, told police how she sobbed and lay rigid as Maynard raped her in her family home, despite him being banned from the house. Maynard, of Foxwood Lane, Acomb, York, was on bail or serving a court sentence for sexual offences against the first two girls when he raped and committed other offences against the other three girls.

“You were very devious with the girls’ families,” the judge told Maynard. “You presented to them as being friendly, but the fact was that was a cover-up to get access to their girls.

“I take the view you have the ability to be quite devious, quite persistent and ultimately extremely selfish for your own needs.

“I have concerns about the welfare of other girls who may come under your influence upon your release.”

He gave Maynard an extended sentence of six years’ detention plus three years’ extended prison licence, meaning that he will have extra supervision on his release and be liable for recall to prison if he offends.

He also put Maynard on the sex offenders’ register for life and made him subject indefinitely to a sexual offences prevention order, banning him from unsupervised contact with girls under 16, any contact with the five girls, and imposed restrictions on his use of the internet.

Maynard pleaded guilty to three charges of rape, one of attempted rape and one of sexual assault involving three girls whom the judge said had suffered extreme distress.

Last April, on his birthday, York Youth Court sentenced him to a youth rehabilitation order with unpaid work for seven charges of sexual offences involving two more girls which he had denied, but was convicted of at a trial.

For Maynard, John Boumphrey said he was having difficulty coming to terms with what he had done, but was showing signs that he could change.

He was socially isolated and had had a difficult upbringing.