Paedophile back in jail after attacking girl

A pervert who attacked a teenage stranger on a country road while on licence from a prison sentence for sex crimes has been sent back to jail.

Nathan McCracken, 27, of Commercial Street, Norton, pulled up alongside the 16-year-old girl as she was walking alone in June this year, grabbed her behind and sexually assaulted her, said Katy Rafter, prosecuting, at York Crown Court.

He said he was “horny” and hadn’t had sex for five to six months.

During the lengthy incident he twice lifted her off her feet, grabbed her from behind as she tried to walk off, offered her money and frightened her into giving him her telephone number, said Ms Rafter. He also offered her a lift home, which she declined.

The incident ended when a man came out of a nearby property and McCracken drove off.

He later sent the victim texts apologising for his actions. She was very distressed by what happened and now feels scared walking to school.

McCracken was under probation supervision at the time, having been released partway through a prison sentence passed in April 2019 for attempting to incite a child to commit sexual acts.

“Only a custodial sentence can be made for attacking a lone female out on a summer’s evening in this way,” Judge Simon Hickey said.

At the end of the incident McCracken had told the victim “to be careful, presumably because of people like you”.

The judge agreed with a probation officer there was a risk of McCracken causing serious sexual harm in future to young women and girls

He jailed McCracken for 16 months and banned McCracken from approaching a girl or woman on her own for the rest of his life under a sexual harm prevention order.

He extended restrictions on McCracken contacting children and use of the internet made last year when he was first jailed indefinitely.

McCracken will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. He pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

Ms Rafter said the victim was walking along the road when McCracken pulled up and said she was so beautiful and her figure was such that he had to stop.

McCracken was willing to do rehabilitative work to stop him reoffending but which he was unlikely to get in prison.