June 2016

Paedophile who abused boy and girl jailed for 12 years

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A paedophile who sexually abused a young girl and boy has been jailed for 12 years.

Michael Stanton, 69, committed a series of sex assaults upon the girl when she was between six and eight-years-old and the boy aged nine and 11.

Stanton who formerly lived in Ibstock, Leicestershire, where the little girl was abused, was found guilty of two counts of indecency with a child and three of indecently assaulting her.

Stanton was found guilty in relation to the boy – who was abused in another part of the country – of one count of indecency with a child and three of indecently assaulting him.

The offences were committed on various dates between 1977 and 1984.

Stanton, who formerly worked in medical equipment sales, of Sunbury Drive, Trench, Telford, Shropshire, was acquitted of two offences of raping the girl and two of attempting to rape her; on the direction of the judge.

The jury also found him not guilty of three other indecency allegations relating to the girl.

Judge Philip Head said at Leicester Crown Court: “Both your victims have made statements which are in so many ways heart-rending, describing what you did as absolutely blighting their lives.

“I’m sure that equates to severe psychological harm.”

Of the female victim he said: “You accosted her in the street where she was playing with other children and lured her to your house.

“You were grooming her.”

The judge said that after moving to a village outside of Leicestershire he sexually assaulted the young boy.

He said: “On four occasions you grossly abused him.”

The judge said the female victim “acquired confidence and courage” to speak out as an adult.

The male victim also made a complaint.

Judge Head added: “I accept you’ve been hard working throughout your life and your health is not good now.”

He said that there was no evidence of further offending since these matters more than three decades ago.

Matthew Lowe, mitigating, said: “He has no previous convictions or cautions and all the evidence indicates that throughout his adult life he has consistently worked hard.

“He suffers from ill heath with high blood pressure, diabetes and takes medication for both and had a bad back.

“It will make his time in prison a bit more difficult.”