March 2020

Man, 64, dressed as schoolboy before sexually assaulting girl

A 64-year-old man dressed in school uniform before squeezing the bottom of a 14-year-old girl.

Michael Wilson, 64, wore a wig and dressed up as a pupil of Headlands School in Bridlington when he sexually assaulted his victim in Sewerby Road on January 8 last year.

He was later caught by a member of staff standing in an out of bounds area of the school, which he had attended, wearing the uniform.

After his arrest a day later, police searched his home in High Street, Bridlington, where they found a secret room which contained a story written by Wilson titled ‘My Life As A 13-year-old Schoolboy’, Hull Crown Court heard.

They also found blazers containing the crests of different schools plus the uniform he had been wearing on the day he sexually assaulted his 14-year-old victim.

Prosecuting barrister Richard Thompson told the court that two schoolgirls saw Wilson approaching them on the morning of January 8, 2019.

He said: “The defendant was walking towards the school wearing a wig, a white shirt, a blazer and a Headlands School tie.

“The defendant approached and without asking anything he squeezed one of the girl’s bottoms before walking towards the school.

“He was seen by a member of staff in an area close to the school building clearly marked as out of bounds.

“The staff member initially thought this was a student but when he approached closer he noticed he was not.

“The defendant said he was looking for someone but immediately walked off down the driveway. The member of staff managed to take a picture of the defendant.”

After he was arrested on January 9, officers found a fake Headlands School identification card which contained an old picture of the defendant.

Police also conducted a search of his home where they found a number of school uniforms and a document titled ‘My Life as A 13-year-old Schoolboy’.

Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and appeared at Hull Crown Court on Friday, March 6 to be sentenced.

Mr Thompson told the court that the impact of the incident had caused the victim to overdose on two occasions.

Addressing Wilson in the dock, Judge David Tremberg said: “She has become anxious, introverted, lost confidence, self-conscious, she has self-harmed and become a very unhappy young lady.

“She should not have to bear that burden and you are responsible for it.”

Sentencing Wilson to 12 months in prison suspended for two years, Judge Tremberg said it was an “unusual” and “sad” case.

“It is also one that has troubling features,” he said.

Wilson must adhere to a sexual harm prevention order for seven years in which he is prohibited from purchasing school clothing.

He must also not go within 100m of the perimeter boundaries of a school and is prohibited from having contact with any child under the age of 16 who is unrelated to him.

Wilson must also complete 31 sessions with the Horizon programme to address his offending