January 2021

Retired civil servant, 57, is jailed and must sign Sex Offender Register for 10 years 

A retired civil servant has been jailed and ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for 10 years after he hounded young females travelling on the bus by forcing his business cards on them. 

Mark Bolton, 57, was said to have put victims ‘in fear’ after he asked them out for a drink and told them he collected football memorabilia before thrusting his calling cards between their breasts.

During the encounters in August last year the two females, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said Bolton sat next to them on the bus before deliberately pushing his business cards between their breasts over their clothing.

He also smiled at one of them as he got off.

Police tracked down Bolton who lives alone in Stockport, Greater Manchester, after one of the women retained one of the cards which contained his name and address and handed it to officers.

At his home they found a letter detailing sexual fantasies he had about a local police sergeant. 

In a statement the first victim, 18, told police: ‘While it was all happening I was very uncomfortable and upset. I almost felt dirty and it has almost changed the way I look at people. When I go into town with friends I now feel threatened by the people walking past me and I am always on my guard.

‘I am now terrified to get on a bus and this affects how I can see my friends. I have had to rely on my mum to take me to see friends. I am going to university but this is going to cause me real problems as not being able to get the bus will have a huge impact on me.’

The second woman, 25, said: ‘I do not want to be touched. His actions made me feel like some kind of object. I have no other way of getting to work but I am scared getting on the bus and seeing this man again.’

Bolton, who admitted two charges of counts of sexual assault by touching urged a judge not to jail him saying he was ‘isolated and wanted company’ during his trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.

But he was locked up for 16 months and was also ordered to abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. A stack of business cards found at his home will be destroyed.

Sentencing Judge Tina Landale told Bolton: ‘Offences like this cause all women to fear travelling on public transport. No doubt young men also feel fear, but in particular young women fear this type of assault.