February 2021

Newcastle pensioner molested schoolgirl and offered her cigarettes and cash for sexual favours

A perverted pensioner who offered a schoolgirl cash and cigarettes for sexual favours was found to have a vile collection of indecent images of children on his computer.

Richard Frizzell subjected a vulnerable girl to sexual abuse which has left her traumatised, a court heard.

He groped her, showed her a graphic picture of himself, asked if she wanted to touch him sexually and offered her £40 to see her breasts, which she refused.

Frizzell asked her to do a sex act for him and offered her cigarettes and money if she did.

He also told her she was old enough to have sex and should try it and said he wanted to have sex with her, the court heard.

Lee Fish, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “He said he had naked pictures of girls on his laptop, which he said he got from the internet.

“He said some were younger than her and some older.

“They were in sexually suggestive poses but not involved in sexual activity.

“He said ‘why don’t you do that’. She said she was too young.”

When the girl told her family what had happened, her mum confronted Frizzell, who pleaded with mercy and suggested he was suicidal.

He was arrested and his electronic devices were seized.

Mr Fish said: “He had been actively looking for indecent images of children.”

There were 60 of the most serious type, category A, images, 93 category B and 1,702 category C. There were also 30 images of extreme pornography and 24 prohibited images of children – 3D digital images.

The victim of the sexual abuse said in a statement read to the court: “Since this happened I’m not the person I was before this.

“I really struggle to sleep now. I’m so tired but I can’t fall asleep.

“When I’m near a man I don’t know, I have a feeling something is going to happen.

“What happened left me feeling insecure and very hurt.

“Some days I can’t leave my home because I have so much anxiety.

“He has ruined my past and my future.”

Frizzell, of Normount Street, Newcastle, admitted three offences of sexual assault, two of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to watch a sexual act and possessing indecent, extreme and prohibited images.

He was jailed for three years, was given an indefinite restraining order to keep him away from the victim and was made subject to a ten-year sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders register.

Judge Robert Spragg said Frizzell had subjected the victim to “systematic abuse”.

He added: “This was appalling behaviour against a young girl.”

The judge said Frizzell had given to probation an “odd mixture of expressing remorse and denying the offences and victim blaming”.

He also claimed pop-ups were to blame for the material found on his computer but pleaded guilty.

The court heard his children have disowned him