May 2021

Lying paedophile caged for 20 years for horrific abuse of three young children

A paedophile who subjected three young children to years of sexual abuse has today been jailed for 20 years.

Robert Foster preyed on the young victims over a period of ten years, beginning when they were primary school-aged children.

His offending came to light when one of the children bravely told a trusted adult about what had happened to them, who reported it to police who launched an investigation.

The 55-year-old was charged with one count of rape, five counts of sexual assault and eight counts of sexual activity with a child.

Foster denied all knowledge of the offences, instead insisting that all three children were lying, and put them through the ordeal of a four-day trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Thankfully, the jury saw through his lies and returned unanimous guilty verdicts on all 14 charges.

Foster, of Salters Close, Darlington, was jailed for 20 years and handed a lifetime sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).