September 2019

This Stoke-on-Trent pervert, 57, is jailed three decades after sexually abusing schoolgirl

Pervert Glynn Chesworth has been locked up for four years – more than three decades after sexually abusing a young girl.

The 57-year-old was in his 20s when he carried out the abuse over a three-year period.

But his offending only came to light last year, when his victim finally felt able to tell the police about what had happened.

The defendant denied the crimes and was due to go on trial – only to change his story and plead guilty to the charges at the last minute.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Chesworth took his chance to assault the girl when they were alone.

Prosecutor Peter McCartney said: “He would put his hand under her clothes and touch her inappropriately.

“The final time it happened, she told him it was wrong. She said if he did it again she would tell her mother.

“He laughed it off but it had the desired effect. The abuse stopped and she doesn’t recall seeing him again.”

In a statement read out in court, the victim – who is now in her 40s – said the abuse affected her throughout her life.

The statement continued: “When it first happened I didn’t understand what was happening to me.

“I was made to feel special and asked to keep secrets, like we were playing a game. By the time I was a teenager I felt disgusted and ashamed.

“The thoughts torture me, they constantly play on my mind. It has shaped me as a person and affected my life.”

Chesworth, of Stanier Street, Fenton, pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child. He had no previous convictions.

Adam Watkins, mitigating, said: “That shameful period in his life is more than 35 years ago. In the years since there is no indication that he has behaved anything other than blamelessly.

“He has made substantial progress by owning up to these matters. He has a partner of eight years who he acts as a carer for and he has been gainfully employed part-time.”

The court heard the defendant inflicted ‘serious abuse’ on his victim.

Jailing Chesworth, Judge Paul Glenn added: “Your actions have had a significant impact on that lady’s life. Your past has finally caught up with you – I have to impose a custodial sentence.”