November 2015

Pervert who abused schoolgirl jailed for 11 years


A PERVERT who systematically sexually abused a young Wigan schoolgirl has been caged for 11 years.

Mark Young’s victim did not reveal details of her ordeal for more than two decades but a judge told him: “Your dark secret is a secret no more.”

The 44-year-old molester of Heyford Road, Marsh Green, had denied the sexual allegations but on the day his trial was due to start he changed his pleas to guilty.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had finally come forward to the police last year after seeing Young with two young girls.

She revealed to police how the abuse took place when she was aged about nine to 11, said Henry Riding, prosecuting.

In her victim impact statement she said that ever since the abuse had happened she had felt angry and upset and had been “bottling up” her emotions for about 20 years.

She said it had affected her whole life and after she found the courage to go to the police it had been a relief and she now just wanted “closure.”

Young who has previous convictions including kidnapping, pleaded guilty to 10 offences of indecent assault and indecency.

He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and the judge imposed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.