October 2015

Ellesmere Port schoolgirls attacked by convicted paedophile

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Wrexham paedophile’s sex attacks on girls aged six and seven

A convicted paedophile has been jailed for sexually assaulting two young girls.

Anthony Hooper already had convictions for carrying out similar offences on an 11-year-old boy, the attempted rape of a woman and the indecent assault of another woman, when he carried out the attack on the girls who were aged six and seven years old.

Earlier this year Hooper, 59, from Ruabon, near Wrexham , was also sentenced for performing a sexual act in public.

At Chester Crown Court Judge Neil Flewitt said the attacks had been carried out by a man with a “lengthy and significant criminal record”.

Hooper will serve three years and four months in prison and spend a further five years after his sentence being extensively monitored while on probation.

At a previous court hearing, Hooper from Ruabon, Wrexham pleaded guilty to five accounts of incitement and sexual assault against the girls.

Hooper assaulted both children between January 1 and January 11, 2011.

Throughout the half hour hearing Hooper, who wore a blue sweat-shirt, sat impassively in the dock and spoke only to confirm his name and address.

The court heard on Friday that Hooper told his victims to remain silent after the assaults and gave them sweets to encourage them to stay quiet.

Judge Flewitt described his actions as “grooming behaviour”.

The mother of one of the girls became suspicious about the assault after noticing a change in her daughter’s behaviour, the court heard.

Judge Flewitt said the young victim didn’t like being around boys and did not like hugging her dad anymore, fearing she might be assaulted again.

He said: “She was petrified, embarrassed and upset and the images are still in her head. She has to think of nice thoughts to make them go away.

Judge Flewitt added: “The children are both extremely vulnerable as a result of the abuse they suffered.”

He said Hooper clearly has frequent sexual thoughts and has a violent sexual imagination after his long history of previous convictions of sexual assault.

Hooper’s reckless behaviour in prison included sending letters to another young girl in the hope she would write back in exchange for money, the judge said.

Judge Flewitt said such behaviour made Hooper a “serious risk and a danger to the public”