October 2015

Jail for man who molested boy in 1980s but was cleared of raping girl


A 54-year-old Gloucester man who twice molested a young boy in the 1980s was jailed for four-and-a-half years at the city crown court.

Clive Horton, of Belgrave Road, was a guest at the boy’s family home when he molested him on two occasions between 1985-1989. 

Horton was sentenced at the end of a trial in which he was found not guilty by a jury of raping a girl between 1998 and 2000.

He had denied the rape but pleaded guilty to two charges of indecently assaulting the boy in the 1980s.

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Prosecutor Brendan Moorhouse said when the victim of the historic abuse finally made a complaint to police about it he was circumspect about exaxctly what had happened because he was so young at the time

But he remembered the defendant was staying as a guest at his family home and got him to get into bed with him.

Mr Moorhouse said the victim, now a married man with children, was still affected by what had happened to him.

In a victim impact statement the victim said his behaviour towards his own children has been influenced and he does not allow anyone to photograph them. He also felt awkward when changing nappies or potty training his children – and embarassed about being naked in their presence, he stated.

“He is also very wary of his son appearing on social media sites,” Mr Moorhouse said.

Robert Duvall, defending, said the offences went back a long way and Horton was a different man now.

He conceded that in 2004 Horton had served a short jail term for possessing child pornography. Ever since then he had been unable to find work, despite making 2,000 job applications, he said

Horton was a lonely man and he was concerned for the welfare of his elderly mother while he was in jail, added the barrister.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Horton: “Any act of sexual abuse, however slight, upon a child can affect them for the rest of their lives.

“It has affected your victim and I accept every word he says about that. Those acts you perpetrated on him all those years ago have had a lifetime of effect.”

He ordered Horton to sign the sex offender register for the rest of his life.