July 2014

Man admits sex assault

A PENSIONER was ordered to be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years after admitting sexual assault.

He received a three-year community order and was ordered to undergo a sex offenders’ treatment programme with a supervision requirement for three years.

Derek Hedge, 73 of Ashtree Close, Belton, was already subject to a sex offenders’ prevention order until 2019 from a previous offence in 2009 of possessing indecent images.

Prosecuting, Michele Stuart- Lofthouse told Grimsby Crown Court how Hedge had touched a woman indecently last autumn.

When the complainant contacted police, Hedge was arrested and said he could not remember the incident.

For Hedge, Gordon Stables said the first conviction of indecent photos was in 1984 but dated back to the 1970s.

He was again convicted in 2009 for still possessing the negatives for the indecent photos which had not been seized in the initial investigation in 1984.

Mr Stables said his client was a 24-hour carer.