September 2020

Man who sexually assaulted schoolboy after party spared jail

A pervert has been spared jail after sexually assaulting a schoolboy following a party in Southport.

David Spellman, 51, touched the boy’s genitalia 

Liverpool Crown Court was told Spellman was a “nuisance” to other guests during the celebrations.

Jonathan Lowe, prosecuting, said: “The defendant consumed quite a large amount of alcohol and was described as being a nuisance.”

Mr Lowe told the court Spellman could be heard making inappropriate comments about other men.

After the party, Spellman, of Brancker Street, Chorley, then sexually assaulted the young teenage boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

During police interview, Spellman claimed he “couldn’t really remember” the comments he made to people at the party, nor the events that followed.

However, at a later crown court hearing, he pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a boy.

The court was told that after the incident the boy experienced “anxiety and confusion”.

Judge Robert Trevor-Jones, sentencing, took into account that Spellman is in full-time employment, a “stable relationship” and has sought help for his alcohol misuse.

The judge also acknowledged he is a part-time carer for his father and said there is a “reasonable prospect of rehabilitation” for Spellman.

The judge ordered Spellman to a 22-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to complete 10 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and the Horizon programme.

Spellman must also sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.