January 2021

‘Predatory paedophile’ jailed for nine years after sexually abusing schoolgirl

A ‘Predatory paedophile’ has been jailed after sexually abusing a schoolgirl.

32-year-old Anthony Ainslie – who has previous convictions for sexually assaulting children, including a four-year-old girl – was caged after abusing his latest victim.

The defendant threatened his victim to make sure she kept quiet and initially she did not report the abuse.

But when she found out the defendant was in prison she spilled the beans.

Now Ainslie – who is described as a danger to young girls – has been sentenced to nine years in prison, with an extended licence period of four years to ‘protect the public’.

The defendant, of Vale Street, Stoke, was yesterday convicted of six sexual offences against the child following a trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

The court heard the offending has had a significant impact on the victim who has been described as ‘clever’ and ‘brave’. She now struggles to trust people; feels sad, insecure and scared; struggles to sleep; and has nightmares.

Adam Watkins, mitigating, said: “There is a pattern of touching young children.”

Ainslie must serve two-thirds of his prison term before he can be considered for parole by the authorities.

Jailing the defendant, Judge Paul Glenn told Ainslie: “You are a predatory paedophile, as described by the prosecution counsel.

“These are wicked offences. You ignored her requests to stop what you were doing. You threatened her to ensure she did not say anything. She was vulnerable.

“You are a dangerous offender. There is a significant risk to young females of serious harm occasioned by your commission of further specified offences.

“You represent a very clear risk to young girls who you come into contact with. Life imprisonment is not necessary but an extended sentence is needed to protect the public.”

Ainslie has also been barred from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults

October 2018

Convicted Stoke-on-Trent sex offender back in jail after befriending woman and her children

A Stoke-on-Trent man has been sent back to prison after breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Anthony Ainslie, 30, of Eturia Vale Road, Eturia pleaded guilty of being in breach of his order after admitting to being in a two-year relationship with a woman who had children and had failed to notify social services.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he had previously served three years in jail in 2009 for sexual assaults of children and was sent back to jail in 2011 after breaching his prevention order after he was reported talking to two girls.

Ainslie admitted it was only after three months into his new relationship that he disclosed his previous convictions.

Nicholas Tatlow, prosecuting, told the court: “On the 15th July, a member of the public who knew the defendant saw him in a car with a woman and a number of children.

“He knew that by doing so he had breached his sexual offences prevention order.”

When he was arrested, police recovered a number of birthday and Father’s Day cards addressed to him from inside the home, further indicating his relationship with the children.

Mitigating, Robb Glenn told the court: “At no point did Mr Ainslie have unsupervised contact with the children.

“There is perhaps an element of naivety but he will maintain that she was fully aware of his convictions.

“He was 21 when he was first sentenced and has matured somewhat since then but is unable to put the past behind him.”

Since his previous jail sentence, the court heard Ainslie has expressed concern he is effectively being prevented from living a normal life due to the order imposed on him.

Judge David Fletcher said: “It is clear to me you did know what the requirements were of this order and in this case chose not to tell the lady who you were having the relationship with.

“There was clearly contact with the children and you were a person in their lives and were a father figure.

“But there is no evidence that you were improper to these children, just a lack of compliance to that order.”

Ainslie was sentenced to 16 months in prison for breaching the prevention order and failing to comply with it.

August 2011

Pervert is sent back to jail for talking to girls

A SEX offender has been sent back to prison after associating with two 15-year-old girls.

Anthony Ainslie, of Lake View, Burslem, admitted two charges of indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child under the age of 13 in 2009.

The 23-year-old had been released from prison on licence, when he was seen by police officers talking to two 15-year-old girls in April, near to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley.

Another man with Ainslie admitted to being on the sex offenders’ register, which led to officers checking Ainslie’s record and discovering he too was subject to a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO).

Kevin Saunders, prosecuting at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, said: “Ainslie made a number of disclosures about what took place.

“He thought he was not allowed to work with anyone under 16, he wasn’t aware he was not allowed contact.

“He said he thought the girls were aged 17 and 19, as that’s what friends had told him. He said they looked over 16.

“He said he had taken both girls’ telephone numbers, but had not contacted them.

“He kissed one of them on the cheek and hugged her.”

Ainslie also admitted he had been drinking vodka.

Under the terms of his SOPO, Ainslie is not allowed contact with minors unless under supervision.

Peter McArtney, mitigating, said: “There were other adults there, consequently there was supervision.

“He has been recalled under licence and is serving the original sentence.”

Sentencing Ainslie to three months’ jail – to run concurrently with his existing sentence – Judge Simon Tonking told the court: “Any sentence I impose must be from today. If he is going to be in custody until July 16, 2012, I’m not going to add to his sentence by a day, I have no power to.”

Judge Tonking told Ainslie: “The thing that you should not do is be in the company of girls in particular, under the age of 16.

“If you come across girls in the street or in the park, it’s your job to make sure they are not underage. It’s not enough to say, ‘they look 20 to me’.

“You were the subject of this order, you must make sure you do not break it.

“You did break it and not just by chatting, there was a bit of kissing and hugging.

“Someone with your record is behaving in a very reckless way by doing that with underage girls.”