Shocked mother caught pervert indecently assaulting her son
A paedophile who groomed and sexually abused a school boy has been given a nine year extended prison sentence.
Benjamin James Moreton, 25, was discovered when the victim’s shocked mother caught him indecently assaulting her son.
The boy confided to her the following day that the defendant had been abusing him from the age of eight-years-old.
Moreton, of Kings Walk, Leicester Forest East, admitted four counts of indecently assaulting a child under 13.
Sentencing him at Leicester Crown Court via a live video link with the prison where he is being held, Judge Philip Head said the nine year sentence comprised of a custodial term of five years and eight months with an extended licence period of three years and four months.
He told Moreton: “It’s right you’ve never been in trouble before.
“When you started that (abuse) you must have been around the age of 19.
“It was done after what can only be described as grooming him and gaining his confidence.
“It became an obsession.
“There was an adult who had a shrewd idea of what was going on but you ignored warnings.
“You bombarded the boy with texts and when his mother intervened you switched to contact by Facebook and then e-mail.
“You continued until you were literally caught in the act by the boy’s mother.
“He told you he didn’t want it and didn’t like it and you were blind to the objections of your victim.
“Experience shows the court there’s deep-seated long-standing damage caused to victims.
“He’s going to carry the memory of what you did and is likely to be deeply affected.
“You pleaded guilty on the day of trial.
“You didn’t put him through the ordeal of giving evidence, but he did have the ordeal of many months of thinking about having to give evidence.
“He came to court on that day with the horrid thought of having to talk to grown-ups about it.”
Mary Prior, prosecuting, said that on one occasion he gave the boy a lift in his van and exposed himself.
He also repeatedly touched the child in a sexual way and once performed another type of sex act upon him.
Karly Mee, mitigating, said: “He’s been awaiting sentence in custody for seven-and-a-half months since pleading guilty.
“It’s been an extremely anxious time for him and his family who sit in the public gallery to support him.
“He’s expressed deep regret.
“He’s immature for his age.
“There’s no suggestion he tried to approach any other children in a similar fashion.
“He has an understanding of the impact it’s had on the complainant and he’s willing to accept help and undergo courses offered to him.
“He’s a father of two (a baby girl and a four year old boy), and his partner still supports him and the intention is to resume their relationship following his release.
“It will impact on what contact he will have with his children and he’s willing to work with social services in relation to that.”
Moreton was placed on an indefinite restraining order, banning any future contact with the victim and forbidding him from going to the child’s school or home. He was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and will have to enlist on a sex offender register for life.