11 years for child sex pervert

Brian Teasdale
Brian Teasdale

A PERVERT who devastated the lives of four girls he abused has been caged for 11 years.

Brian Teasdale, 62, carried ot a catalogue of sick sex attacks on his young victims over a 30-year period.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Teasdale’s disgusting behaviour brought “misery” to the victims who have all been left mentally scarred.

Yesterday, Teasdale was finally brought to justice when he was sentenced for his crimes.

He earlier confessed to carrying out the abuse when he pleaded guilty to three charges of indecency with a child, one of attempted rape and six indecent assaults.

Ian West, prosecuting, said: “The catalogue of abuse came to light when one of the victims told her mother and police became involved.

“Her complaint effectively set an investigation in train, which led to others coming forward to speak of what the defendant had done to them many years ago.”

Teasdale, a former steelworker, was arrested but denied the offences and accused the victims of “jumping on the bandwagon”,

An indeterminate sentence for public protection could not be passed by the court because Teasdale commited the offences before the law was changed.

But Mr West added: “The Crown says this man is a danger, even at his advanced age.”

Statements by the victims told how they have struggled in their relationships, and found it hard to trust men as a result of Teasdale’s abuse.

Lorraine Mustard, mitigating, said Teasdale, of Greenwood Road, Hartlepool, had shown some understanding of the impact to the victims.

She added: “It is perhaps somewhat refreshing that Mr Teasdale has finally admitted the vast majority of his offending.

“He knew his day had come to accept his behaviour and plead guilty, and that is exactly what he did.”

Sentencing, Judge Tony Briggs said: “It is a sad and unhappy catalogue that has resulted in misery for the victims.

“This is an extremely serious matter and obviously custody is inevitable. What you did has had a devastating effect on people, and has really affected their life and future development.

“It is not so much the physical aspect of the matter, bad though that may be, but the ultimate mental after-effects.”

Speaking after the sentence, Detective Constable Jeremy Collins from Cleveland Police Vulnerability Unit said: “The success of this prosecution is an excellent example of partnership working between Cleveland Police and the Crown Prosecution Service. The victims and families in this case have shown great bravery and resilience in coming forward. I commend those involved for acting with dignity throughout the investigation and court proceedings.

“I would urge anybody who is a victim of abuse, or knows someone that is, to report the matter to the police or our partner agencies and not suffer in silence. I hope that today’s result sends a clear message that those who engage in this type of criminality will be thoroughly investigated, and held to account for their actions.

“We also wish to extend our gratitude and thanks to the first victim who came forward in this case for her bravery and strength. Without this first report, police would not have identified other victims who may well still have been suffering in silence.”