Sex attack victim urges others to come forward after seeing Hartlepool paedophile jailed for eight years

Paedophile John Jukes was jailed for eight years after being convicted of six indecent assaults.
Paedophile John Jukes was jailed for eight years after being convicted of six indecent assaults.

A brave sex attack victim has called for people who have suffered indecent assaults to come forward as a sick paedophile was jailed for eight years.

The woman spoke to the Mail after pervert John Jukes was locked up for attacking her and another victim.

Jukes, 51, was found guilty of six indecent assaults against the two girls before the court heard he was already serving four and a half years in prison after being found with more than 1,000 indecent images of children.

He was described “a long-term paedophile” and was given restrictions on unsupervised contact with children for life.

One of Jukes’ victims told of the devastating impact pervert Jukes has had on her life and urged other victims not to suffer in silence.

Speaking to the Mail after Jukes was jailed, the woman, who cannot be identified, said: “I am so pleased that the jury made the right decision.

“He is a dangerous, disgusting man who deserves to be in jail, as he is a danger to children, and the sentence is justified.

“If there could be anything positive that comes out of all of this it’s that it highlights the importance of making the police aware of any offence, no matter how long ago it was, and if anyone else is aware of this man or others, they should not be afraid to step forward.

“The support I received from the police officer who was there with me since I came forward was amazing, and I definitely could not have done it without that help.

“My friends and family also gave me the strength to stand up in that courtroom and tell a jury what he did to me, with him in the same room.

“He’s affected my life massively, but now I can move on – now justice has been done.”

During the trial, prosecutor Sam Andrews told Teesside Crown Court: “The victims have no connection to each other, and came forward independent of each other.

“The abuse they describe is similar, they say similar things.

“It is most unlikely both accounts could be made up.”

Jukes, formerly of Bruce Crescent, Hartlepool, denied six charges of indecent assault.

He was convicted of all offences after a trial lasting five days.

The court heard Jukes was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in August of last year.

“He was found with a collection of more than 1,000 indecent images of children,” said Mr Andrews.

“He was also convicted of voyeurism for putting a covert camera in a toilet to take photographs of girls.”

Jane Foley, defending, said Jukes suffered from depression and had attempted suicide.

“He is under the care of the mental health team in prison,” she added.

Judge Peter Armstrong jailed Jukes for eight years, ordering the sentence to begin at the conclusion of his current jail term.

“In effect you are serving 12½ years,” the judge told Jukes. “It is clear to me you are a long-term paedophile.

“You have to be dealt with under the sentencing regime at the time of the offences, which suggest a lower penalty than is the case nowadays.

“But nonetheless, the punishment for what you did must be condign.”

Jukes was made the subject of a lifelong sexual harm prevention order when he was sentenced last year.

The order restricts his unsupervised contact with children and restricts his internet use.

He is banned from working with children indefinitely, and he must register as a sex offender for life.