South Shields sex fiend jailed for attacking schoolgirl in tent on camping trip

Raymond Craig has been jailed for five years and 11 months for sexually assaulting a schoolgirl.
Raymond Craig has been jailed for five years and 11 months for sexually assaulting a schoolgirl.

A SEX fiend has been put behind bars after a tent attack that has left his schoolgirl victim terrified.

Raymond Craig sexually assaulted the youngster after climbing into the tent she was sleeping in last summer.

You claim to not remember what happened and have no acceptance of the fact you have an abnormal interest in teenage girls.

Judge John Milford

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 59-year-old, of Arthington Way, South Shields, was arrested after the frightened victim broke down and told her mother what had happened when she got home.

Craig initially denied any wrongdoing – until police uncovered pictures on his mobile phone showing girls in posing positions.

His web history also showed he had been searching for pornography involving young teenagers, including the words “young camping sex” and “sweet nudist girls”.

As a result of his secret desires being uncovered, Craig pleaded guilty to sexual assault and was yesterday jailed for five years and 11 months.

Judge John Milford QC told him: “You assaulted, sexually, this girl. It is clear you seem to have no acceptance of what you did.

“You claim to not remember what happened and have no acceptance of the fact you have an abnormal interest in teenage girls.

“I express the hope your victim can put the matter behind her and get on with her life.”

In a statement made just days after the attack, the girl said she felt “horrible” and said: “I’m just scared”.

Prosecutor Matthew Donkin read extracts from a later victim impact statement.

He said: “She describes she has not coped well and has been struggling to deal with what he did to her.

“She has thought loads of times that if she wasn’t here, she wouldn’t get the horrible feelings she does when thinking about what took place in the tent.

“She said if she had one wish it would be she would never have to think about him again.”

Gavin Doig, defending, said Craig has worked hard all of his life and has a positive character.

Mr Doig added: “He has gone from being happy, active and good-natured to a person receiving treatment for depression.

“He is effectively a broken man.

“No sentence will, to the complainant’s family, feel long enough.

“Any sentence will be a substantial punishment for him, given it is the first time in custody at his age.”

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