South Shields paedophile jailed for ten years after he was found guilty of abusing two children
A paedophile who targeted two children has been jailed for ten years.
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Paul Vickers denied he carried out sickening attacks on the young victims and claimed one was lying about his ordeal and the other had misinterpreted what happened to him.
After a trial at Newcastle Crown Court in June, Vickers, 39, of Moreland Road, South Shields, was convicted of six offences by a jury.
At the sentence hearing today (Tuesday, October 31), the mothers of the victims provided statements and said the offences have had a devastating impact on the children and their families.
Judge Amanda Rippon said Vickers’ offending has had a “gross impact”.
On top of the ten-year jail term, Vickers must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.
The judge said: “The situation in custody is extremely difficult with overcrowding and there remains a problem with Covid.
“I do take these things into account but here is only one sentence in your case and that is an immediate and significant custodial sentence.”
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Jurors convicted Vickers of causing or inciting a child to watch a sexual act, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with a child and three offences of sexual assault of a child.
Steven Reed, defending, said Vickers has no previous convictions and has a history of anxiety and depression.