September 2017

72-year-old jailed for 10 years for abusing two young girls

A retired engineer has been jailed for 10 years for ‘stealing the innocence’ of two young girls who he abused.

John Saterlay abused the girls when he was visiting their homes in North Devon.

He touched both under their underwear and left both suffering psychological effects including distrust of men and sleeplessness. One made a victim statement saying ‘I have lost my innocence and my trust’.

Saterlay, aged 72, of Lower Cross Road, Barnstaple, admitted six sexual assaults and one offence of sexual activity in the presence of a child. All the offences happened between 2010 and 2015.

He was jailed for 10 years by Recorder Mr Jeremy Wright at Exeter Crown Court and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life. He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will restrict his contact with children after his release.

The judge told him:”You were 65 when you started to abuse these two young children. They trusted you and this was a serious breach of trust. One says in her victim statement that she has lost her innocence.

Joss Ticehurst, prosecuting, said the abuse came to light when the younger of the girls told her parents how Saterlay had touched her under her clothing.

The parents contacted the NSPCC and then the police and an inquiry began.

The offences took place when he was at the girl’s home.

The second girl came forward after the initial allegations came to light. She said he had touched her on one occasion and touched his private parts in front of her on another.