January 2021

Derbyshire pervert a serious danger to young girls

A Derbyshire child sex victim bravely came forward after her abuser text her “out of the blue” years later, making inappropriate suggestions to her.

Derby Crown Court heard how the girl confided what Luke McGough did to her to a third party.

That allegation reached a friend of the defendant who confronted him about it as they walked at a local country park.

The friend talked the 26-year-old old into going to a police station to confess his crimes, but on the way McGough phoned his father who advised him to “not admit to anything”.

In what a judge called “a moment of institutionalised idiocy” the police took the defendant’s details and sent him away before later interviewing him where he made no comment.

Jailing him for four years, Recorder Paul Mann QC said: “It is clear from her victim impact statement that this has had a significant impact on her young life.

“She struggles to make meaningful friendships with others and she feels unable to trust people.”

Laura Pitman, prosecuting, said the offending happened more than five years ago.

She said McGough twice sexually assaulted the victim when she was aged under 13 at an address in Chesterfield.

Miss Pitman said years later, in August 2019, the defendant text the girl “out of the blue” making sexual suggestions to her.

She said that prompted her to confide in a third party what had happened to her at his hands years before.

Miss Pitman said word of the allegation reached a friend of McGough who contacted him and confronted him.

She said: “They went for a walk in a local country park and he asked him if he had sexually abused the victim and he admitted that he had.

“They decided to go to a police station and the defendant phoned his father on the way there and told him what he had done.

“Hi father told him not to admit to anything. When they arrived at the police station he spoke to a police officer and explained why he was there.

“At that stage, oddly, the police took his details and said an officer would be in touch.”

Miss Pitman said the police then interviewed the victim who gave officers the full details of the abuse she suffered at McGough’s hands years before.

She told the police she “feels horrible and gets upset when she thinks about it”.

The defendant was then arrested and answered “no comment” to the questions he was asked.

McGough, of Thanet Street, Clay Cross, pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child.

McGough’s four-year sentence is made up of a three-year prison term and an extra year on licence after he is released part way through it.

He was also handed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offender register for life.

The hearing was told how the defendant will be banned from working with anyone aged under 18 for life.