Five years jail for Hartlepool pervert who sexually abused girl

The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court
The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court

A 60-year-old man who sexually abused a girl has been jailed for more than five years.

Stephen Jukes abused his victim when he was living in Hartlepool.

His victim said the abuse still haunts her and years later has led her to be over-protective of her own children.

"I didn't want to come forward," she said in an impact statement read to Teesside Crown Court.

"But I didn't want other children to suffer as I did.

"When I became pregnant, I hoped for a boy because I thought a boy would be safer.

"My children have been denied access to things such as sleepovers because I am so protective of them.

"When I heard Jukes had been arrested for having images of children, I just thought he was getting away with it still and I had to do something.

"Had I known how stressful coming to court would be, I might not have done it, but it was important for me to know I had been listened to and believed."

Prosecutor Sean Dodds said the victim complained of abuse to her mother a few years after it happened.

"Police were contacted at the time," added Mr Doods.

"The victim was reluctant to go into any detail, so the investigation did not proceed any further.

"Much more recently, the victim happened to see a photograph of Jukes on Facebook at a party at which children were present.

"She also learned of his conviction for indecent images, so decided to make a statement."

Jukes, now of Lovaine Street, Middlesbrough, admitted four offences of indecent assault of a child.

Robin Denny, defending, said in mitigation: "Mr Jukes pleaded guilty when it became clear the prosecution would accept his not guilty pleas to the more serious rape charges.

"It was isolated offending, and there was no attempt to follow up with more serious conduct.

"It was over a relatively limited period of time, and Mr Jukes stopped the offending of his own accord before the police became involved."

The Recorder, Mr Andrew Sutcliffe QC, sentenced Jukes to five years and two months in prison.

"You are entitled to some credit for your pleas of guilty," the Recorder told Jukes.

"The victim personal statement sets out the appalling impact your conduct had on your victim.

"Nothing less than a substantial period in custody is justified."

Jukes was made the subject of an order banning him for life from unsupervised contact with children.

Jukes must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.