July 2017: Andrew Hayton has been released from HMP Bure, and is now staying in a bail hostel in Norfolk

November 2008

Man jailed for years of sex abuse

A MAN subjected four girls to a 15-year campaign of sexual abuse described by a judge as “difficult to believe”.

Andrew Hayton, 38, deliberately groomed the girls and manipulated them into silence, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

In statements read to the court, one victim said she cried herself to sleep every night.

Hayton, of Guernsey Way, Littleport, pleaded guilty to 11 charges – three of rape, six of sexual assault and two of sexual activity with a child.

He was jailed indeterminately for public protection. He must serve a minimum of six years and can only be released when he is judged to pose no risk to the public.

Judge Jonathan Haworth told Hayton: “For the last 15 years you have committed a campaign of abuse which is difficult to believe. Indeed, it is only when you spend a little time taking in the enormity of your behaviour that one realises just how serious your criminal conduct was.”

He added: “It is clear you show little genuine appreciation of the effect of your conduct on your victims.”

Angela Rafferty, prosecuting, said there was also a fifth victim, whose abuse began in 1983. She said Hayton had “deliberately groomed” them and used “manipulative behaviour” to stop them speaking out.

Referring to Hayton’s claims that his victims were lying, Ms Rafferty said: “It was he who was lying throughout the many hours of interviews with the police.”

In statements she read out, one victim described feeling “permanently sick” at the thought of the suffering of the other victims. Another hoped all the victims would be able to live normal lives.

Christopher Morgan, mitigating, highlighted Hayton’s guilty plea.

Judge Haworth imposed a sexual offences prevention order, barring Hayton from contact with girls under 16 or with any of his victims. He was banned from working with children for life and must sign the sex offenders’ register on release.

Judge Haworth praised Cambridgeshire Police for their compassion towards the victims.

Det Con Jo Crisall paid tribute to the courage of the victims, and the officers who had now ensured Hayton was no longer a danger.