December 2019

Elderly paedophile jailed

A former mayor has been jailed for a string of sexual offences against two young girls.

David Hudghton was found guilty of eight counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 and five counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The 78-year-old, of Wharfedale in Filey, had served as a councillor and as the town’s mayor.

He was told he must serve 15 years in jail with a further year on licence.

The former authority member was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and given a lifetime sexual harm prevention order.

The trial at Doncaster Crown Court heard his abuse came to light after his victims began to display sexualised behaviour.

It led to them disclosing the abuse, carried out between October 2017 and December 2018, to their families, who contacted police.

On Thursday a jury found him guilty of eight charges of sexually assaulting a child under 13 and five charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Alongside the prison sentence, Hudghton was handed Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will have to sign the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.