Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dad found guilty of raping sons during weekend visitations (United Kingdom)

But just 12 years in prison for UNNAMED DAD.

You have blighted your children's lives, judge tells rapist father
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Leicester Mercury

A father who repeatedly raped one son and sexually abused another has been jailed for 12 years.

The 57-year-old, from Loughborough, began molesting the boys after splitting up with their mother in the mid 1990s.

The abuse happened when the boys were staying at his home, often during weekend visits.

Jacqueline Matthew-Stroud, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court the eldest child was subjected to sexual assaults from the age of 12 until he was 17.

The youngest was abused when he was between six and seven.

Their father, who cannot be named to protect the victims' identities, pleaded guilty to four specimen counts of rape, involving 20 to 30 incidents, as well as one count of gross indecency and two indecent assaults upon the eldest son.

He admitted two counts of indecent assault upon the youngest child. Mrs Matthew-Stroud said the defendant ignored his elder son's protests.

Judge Philip Head told the defendant: "Your eldest son didn't know what to do in response to what his own father was doing.

"He had to reach the age of 17 before he had the robustness to put a stop to it."

The court heard the youngest boy stopped visiting his father from the age of eight to avoid further incidents.

Judge Head said: "Your sons are the victims of a gross betrayal of parental trust. You have blighted the entirety of their lives in the gravest possible way.

"You admit you knew what you were doing was wrong and illegal."

The judge ordered an additional five years be added to the defendant's licence period.

He was placed on a sexual offences prevention order, which included banning him from having unsupervised contact with males under 16.

He will also have to enlist on a sex offenders' register for life.

Sally Bamford, mitigating, said: "He is well aware he is going to receive a substantial jail sentence. His only mitigation is he has pleaded guilty, avoiding the victims the ordeal of giving evidence in court."