March 2021

Pensioner jailed for sex offences against children in the New Forest

A perverted pensioner who sexually assaulted a child, and indecently assaulted two other young children, has been jailed.

Michael Wort, of no fixed abode, committed the offences against three different children between 1971 and 2019.

The incidents took place at addresses in the New Forest, the exact location has not been disclosed.

The 69 year old was found guilty at Southampton Crown Court of three offences including one count of sexual assault of a girl under 13 (by touching) and two counts of indecent assault of a girl under 16.

Hampshire Constabulary say one offence took place against a child in 1971, three offences that took place against another child between 1985 and 1986 and two offences that took place against a further child between 2018 and 2019.

Wort was sentenced to a total of five years in prison.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and given an indefinite Restraining Order against contacting his victims.