[heading_block]Paul Clarke, 45, has been jailed for 4 years for sexually abusing a boy, aged 15 years old, in the 1990’s.[/heading_block]
Paul Clarke sexually abused the schoolboy more than 20 years ago, but has now been jailed for 4 years. Paul Clarke admitted two counts of indecency with a child and two of indecent assault, between 1994 and 1995.
The Leicester Crown Court was told that there was an 8 year gap between the defendant and his victim. Prosecutor Gregor Purcell said the victim reported the crime to the police, which included sexual activity on two separate occasions in April, 2014.
He said: “It’s had an effect upon him. In a victim impact statement he says it caused him to lose trust in people and has affected his relationships. He bottled up his emotions and could not tell anyone for many years.”
The victim also stated: “I look back and realise the impact this has had upon me. I’d like him to hear my words and show Paul the effect his actions have had on my life. I received counselling five months after I reported it to the police and it’s the first time I’ve received help in making sense of what happened.”
Paul Clarke’s partner also went to the witness box and said that he was suffering from depression and relied heavily upon Paul Clarke for support and help.
He said: “He cares for me and gives me my medication. If Paul goes down today I fear I’ll go off the tracks again.”
The sentencing, Judge Robert Brown said: “You were in your early 20s when you committed these offences. The complainant is now 37 but he was 15 at the time. This was child abuse, let there be no misunderstanding about that in your mind. He was confused about his sexuality and that made him vulnerable and he was at a crucial stage in his life going through teenage years and in an examination year. Whilst I accept you didn’t rape him, what you did to him was a significant act of sexual abuse. You desisted after two occasions and it’s true that for 20 years since you’ve committed no offences of a sexual nature. You’ve moved on in your life and I suspect this is a distant memory for you – but this has seriously affected his life. Your late guilty plea, though, has spared him from giving evidence in the witness box.”
The judge added that he was aware the defendant’s partner, would suffer his own pain through the defendants incarceration.
Errol Ballentyne, mitigating, said: “He’s sorry for putting the complainant through what he did. He’s fully remorseful. He’s also taking medication for depression and is seeking to support his long-term partner who relies upon him.”
Paul Clarke, from Fleckney, Leicestershire, will be placed on an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and his address will be held on a sex offender register for life.