June 2021

‘Monstrous’ Topcliffe paedophile jailed after abusing girls as young as six

An 80-year-old man has been jailed for child abuse offences against two girls.

Robert Evan Mason, of Swale View, Topcliffe was found guilty of seven offences – six counts of indecent assault on children and one count of committing an act of gross indecency with a child – at York Crown Court on Tuesday, June 8.

He was sentenced immediately after the verdict. He was found not guilty of 10 other sexual assaults.

The court heard that Mason subjected two girls to years of sexual abuse, beginning when one of them was just six years old.

The victims bravely reported Mason’s offending to North Yorkshire Police in January 2020.