A MAN from South Tyneside has been jailed for more than five years for sexually abusing children almost two decades ago.
Mark Urwin appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday after admitting carrying out the sexual offences during the 1990s.
The 49-year-old, formerly of Jarrow, pleaded guilty to three historic offences of indecent assault.
Catherine Dunn, prosecuting, said:
“One of the victims reported him to police in 2011 and the defendant was eventually arrested.”
The court was told Urwin, had been previously convicted of indecent assault in July 1997. He was handed a two-year probation order and was ordered to complete a sexual offences programme.
He was also jailed for nine months in March 2001 after taking pot-shots at two youths with an air rifle after their friends called him a “nonce”.
David Lamb, defending, said: “These are older offences, approaching 20 years now. There have been no more offences of a similar nature.
“Since that time he has completed a Sexual Offences treatment programme. It was effective in preventing any further sexual offences.
“These offences occurred following the tragic death of his six-year-old son.
“It was following this that he began to offend in the way he did.”
Judge James Goss QC told Urwin: “You are 49 years of age and you are being sentenced for three offences of indecent assault committed a long time ago, almost 20 years ago.
“You committed another offence of sexual assault against another person which you were sentenced at the time with a non-custodial sentence.
“I accept a significant period has past since these offences but for the victims these must have been traumatic offences to say the least.
“You were effected by drink by reason of personal circumstance which effected you.”
Judge Goss sentenced Urwin, of Elswick Road, Newcastle, to five years and six months in prison.
He was also handed an indefinite sexual prevention order and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.