Sex pest robber subjected teenager to ‘terrifying’ ordeal
A pervert told a teenage girl he was “not a predator” before exposing himself and groping her, then trying to stifle her screams with her own hair.
John Paul Molyneux, now 27, of HMP Altcourse, inflicted the terrifying encounter on his victim in the early hours of a winter night last year after he had been drinking with friends and had taken “a line of cocaine”.
Sarah Badrawy, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Molyneux turned up at the property in Widnes, tapping on a window.
When the victim – aged under 16 – opened the front door, the creep put his foot in the gap.
They chatted inside and Molyneux, “slurring his words” and “swaying”, smelled of alcohol.
Molyneux, who was out on licence at the time after serving part of a six-year sentence for robbery, told the girl he had recently been released from prison.
He told his victim she was “fit” then advanced on her while claiming he was “not a predator”, only to then expose himself and grope her despite her rejecting him and telling him to leave.
The convicted robber tried to stifle her screams with his hand and then her own hair.
Molyneux gripped her with such force by the neck and scalp during the struggle that the “terrified” victim was sore for days, the court was told.
Although she continued to tell him to leave, the convicted robber “yanked her hair back”, at which point she broke free and the defendant left.
The girl got the attention of others and police were called.
Officers arrested Molyneux who told police he had been drinking and had taken a line of cocaine then caught a taxi to to the property where the incident happened to see someone else he expected to be there.
He claimed he had “hugged” the victim and “she freaked out”, and he denied exposing himself, initially pleading not guilty in court on November 13.
But then on Friday, January 17, he backtracked and pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15.
This was three months before he was due to stand trial this April.
Details of a victim personal statement read to the court revealed how the offence had traumatised the victim leaving her “anxious” and finding it difficult to trust people.
Philip Tully, defending, said his client had pleaded guilty well ahead of trial, thus sparing the victim cross examination.
Judge Stuart Driver QC noted that the choice to charge Molyneux with sexual activity with a child would have a “significant impact on the sentence”, and he sentenced Molyneux to 20 months in prison.
The judge also imposed a restraining order and placed the perpetrator on the sex offenders’ register, both for 10 years.
Sending Molyneux back down, Judge Driver said: “You made it not only unpleasant but a terrifying experience.”