December 2020

Man, 51, jailed for horrific crimes he committed on two young children when he was just 14

A teenage paedophile has finally been served justice 37 years after he targeted two young children.

Stephen Thompson, 51, of Silversides Lane in Scawby Brook, has been jailed for two and a half years for the horrific abuse he carried out on the two youngsters when he was 14.

Thompson targeted a seven-year-old girl and touched her indecently in a shed.

He also forced a five-year-old boy to touch his penis on three different occasions – once when the boy was hiding under a bed and another time while he was in the bath.

The horrifying crimes only came to light 35 years later when the girl – now in her 40s – reported Thompson to the police.

Officers investigating then contacted the man who was abused by Thompson and he reported his own experiences at his evil hands.

Thompson was found guilty of five offences of indecent assault following a trial in October.

In a victim statement read out to the court the woman told how Thompson had “robbed her childhood”, and most recently her marriage as she dealt with the impact of reliving the abuse she suffered.

In the statement the woman said: “He [my husband] didn’t know how to help me.

“I didn’t talk about what happened and our marriage ended.

“I struggled to trust people and didn’t like people being intimate with me or touching me.

“What he did ruined my childhood. I had to grow up quicker than most children my age. “

I want to get on with my life.”

The woman says she now suffers with anxiety and depression.

She added: “I struggle to sleep – I keep playing things over. The police investigation has been lengthy and the court process has dragged.

“I feel like my life has been put on hold. I knew what happened to me but at the time I didn’t realise it was wrong.

“He has taken so much.”

The male victim said that since he reported his own experiences, he has also struggled with anxiety and depression and turned to drink.

In his victim impact statement, he said: “I’d never spoken to anyone about what had happened and had bottled it up for over 30 years.

“One day I sat in a layby and was thinking about it and then was thinking about driving into another car or a lorry so it would be over.

“I’ve turned to drink. My wife has stood by me but it has been hard on her when she has found me in a state because of drinking.

“I felt ashamed and disgusted and like I should have done or said something but it’s easy to think that as an adult.

“I was only a child and didn’t know what was happening.

“It was only as I got older that I realised it was wrong. I’ve struggled with relationships and found it hard to trust people.

“I’m on medication for anxiety and depression and have had counselling.

“I still have what has been called a ‘wobble’ where I can’t stop thinking about what happened and that affects my concentration and I’ve been sent home from work.

“I’ve had pain my entire life. Not just from what he did but the lifelong affects of it all.”

Judge Ahmed Nadim sentenced Thompson to 30 months imprisonment and made him the subject of an indefinite restraining order against his victims.

He said: “Each of your victims have had their childhoods scarred by what you did to them.

“Their ability to form relationships and invest trust in others has been compromised and to this day, many years after they are enduring the affects of the experiences that you subjected them to.”