Paedophile to sue victim, 7

A PAEDOPHILE is planning on suing his seven-year-old victim despite admitting sexually assaulting her and being sentenced, a court heard.

John Thompson, 61, was spared jail in July this year after he insisted he was unable to fight off the young girl, claiming that she “flirted” with him, pinned him to a bed and forced her tongue into his mouth.

He was given an eight-month suspended sentence, provoking condemnation from child protection officials who called his claims “outrageous” and said he should have been jailed.

Thompson, of Hartlepool, was also given a treatment order, supervision and a ban on contact with under-16s.

Within a month of his court appearance, Thompson failed to turn up at a meeting with a probation worker and when he attended others he was said to be uncooperative and hostile.

Nigel Soppitt, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court that officials from the probation service consider the order to be unworkable because of Thompson’s attitude.

He has now said he is innocent, had received bad legal advice before he admitted the offence and is threatening to sue the schoolgirl for making the allegation against him.

Judge Gillian Matthews, who passed the original sentence, told Thompson he will go to jail if he does not engage with the probation service.

Judge Matthews will have an update in a month, during which time Thompson, of Willow Walk, Hartlepool, will have had another opportunity to take part in the programme.