South Shields pensioner jailed for historic sex attack on a schoolgirl

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A sex attacker who targeted a schoolgirl has been jailed for seven years.

Terence Robson was convicted of historic indecent assault charges by a jury after a trial.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 69-year-old continues to deny the offences and claims the victim made a "malicious" complaint against him.

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In an impact statement the victim, who is now an adult, said she has been left traumatised by what Robson did to her and added: "I was just an innocent child, I didn't understand.

Newcastle Crown Court. Newcastle Crown Court.
Newcastle Crown Court.

"He took my childhood.

"I have spent my life worrying about bumping into him."

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Robson, of Victoria Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, was convicted by a jury of eight offences of indecent assault.

Judge Stephen Earl told Robson: "You decided to paint her as a girl that was both troubled and manipulative. That, the jury saw through and convicted you."

The judge said Robson is now disabled and has medical problems that will make a custodial sentence significantly harder than for someone medically fit.

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Robson was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Robson, who had good employment and was in charge of others, was a heavy drinker at the time of the offences.

Mr Adams added: "He is a very different man to the man he was then.

"He doesn't drink at all like he used to."

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