March 2015

Grangetown sex abuser who wrecked a woman’s childhood is jailed for five years

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A child molester who wrecked a woman’s childhood with a string of sexual assaults has been jailed for five years.

Ian Jameson, 49, groomed a schoolgirl with treats and subjected her to repeated sexual abuse more than a decade ago.

He was brought to justice – and went to prison still denying his crimes – after the victim came forward as an adult.

“When I think back about it, I feel sick,” said the woman, now a married mother, in powerful victim impact statements read out in court.

“He took advantage of my vulnerability for his own pleasure.

“Over the years I’ve kept it bottled up. I tried to push it to the back of my mind.

“I’ve had vivid dreams and nightmares about what Ian did to me and the abuse he put me through.

“When I think about what he did to me, my skin crawls.

“Looking back on it, I would say that Ian has destroyed my childhood. He took that away from me and he had no right or entitlement to do that.

“I would just like Ian to admit what he did to me.

“I’m just glad there has been some justice and I can start to move on with my life. I wish Ian would tell the truth.

“I’m continuing to have nightmares. I hope these in time will go away.

“I hope he realises the devastation he has caused.”

She said she had suffered depression, underwent counselling and had thoughts about taking her own life.

She told no one about what happened at the time as she did not understand what was happening, Teesside Crown Court heard on Friday.

“She didn’t realise that what he was doing was completely wrong,” said prosecutor Christine Egerton, who described Jameson’s persistent and escalating sexual assaults on the girl.

She came forward and made a complaint to the police about her childhood ordeals in December 2013.

Jameson, of Dovedale Avenue, Grangetown, denied five charges of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child.

A jury found him guilty on all seven counts after a trial – his first convictions.

Shaun Dryden, defending, said Jameson still maintained his innocence to the “opportunistic” offences.

He said Jameson vehemently denied having a sexual interest in young girls, did not pose a risk to them and had not offended in more than 10 years.

He added: “He’s been employed for a number of years at ICI since the early 90s. That job will be lost.”

Mr Dryden said Jameson’s long jail term would have a devastating effect on him and his immediate family.

Judge Tony Briggs told Jameson: “It is perfectly plain that you, in common parlance, groomed her.

“You felt completely confident that she wouldn’t reveal what was going on. I’m quite sure you felt totally able to control and contain the situation.

“She was an impressive witness who gave her evidence with dignity and restraint.

“And it was no surprise that, so far as the jury were concerned, they accepted what she said and convicted you.

“Custody is inevitable. This was serious, prolonged and it’s had a devastating effect.”

He jailed Jameson for five years.

He said Jameson posed “a serious risk of further harm” and gave him an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.

Jameson will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and is likely to be barred from working with children.