Update July 2016: Released back to the same area

November 2013

Parents talk of trauma after Runcorn paedophile is jailed

THE parents of a teenage schoolboy sexually abused by a paedophile have spoken about their ordeal.

Stephen Paul Jackson, aged 39, of Westwood, Windmill Hill, Runcorn, was jailed for five years and three months at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting sex offences against six children.

Jackson pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child, causing a child aged under 16 to watch a sexual act, engaging in sexual activity in front of a child, sexual assault of a boy under 13 and sexual activity with a boy under 13.

One of the victim’s mums said: “I feel sick and betrayed. This perpetrator was a family friend. We trusted him.

“I want him named and shamed so everyone in Runcorn and Widnes knows exactly who he is.”

She said her 14-year-old son ran away from home after the first time he was abused.

She said: “I was out of my mind with worry. It wasn’t like him. He was the perfect son. The police found him at 9pm in Liverpool.

“He didn’t tell me why he ran off until a week later when he had been abused another three times.”

She said her son was doing really well at school but the abuse left him rebellious and angry.

She said: “He went really nasty. He wasn’t sleeping at night

“He had been bribed with play station games to keep his mouth shut or something would happen to his mum.

“He feels safer now this man is behind bars. He is getting on well in college but still has nightmares and goes to counselling.

“It’s hard for me to trust anyone now.”

The victim’s dad added: “It was a terrible betrayal of trust. This perpetrator was a friend of mine for 20 years.

“I never suspected anything. It was an awful shock to us all.”