Jason McSorley

A paedophile has been jailed for 17 years for the rape of a young girl who he groomed and preyed on, following “significant planning”.

Jason McSorley previously served a 32-month prison sentence for offences including sexually touching the girl, plus downloading indecent pictures of children, having amassed more than 10,000 such images.

But, the victim subsequently confided in her mother that McSorley went further than the offences for which he was jailed in 2014.

March 2017

Sex offender convicted of raping girl he had already been jailed for abusing

A sex offender who served time for grooming and sexually assaulting a young girl is now facing a long prison sentence for raping her.

Jason McSorley, 46, befriended families at a Teesside church and groomed a schoolgirl with sweets, gifts and attention several years ago.

He was locked up in 2014 for kissing her and touching her bottom, as well as having more than 10,000 child abuse images at his home.

But the girl later revealed she had not told the whole story.

She told how McSorley had raped her twice – a more serious allegation than she had made before.

He stood trial, denying the new offences at Teesside Crown Court.

After just over two hours’ consideration, a jury unanimously found him guilty of two charges of raping a child under 13.

“You can await a lengthy sentence,” said Judge Simon Hickey, remanding McSorley in custody until sentencing on April 19.

McSorley, whose address was recorded in court as Holme House Prison, may be classed as a dangerous offender, which could earn him an extended or indefinite sentence.

The court heard the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was concerned about his original sentence of two years and four months.

She was frightened of going out and coming across him after his prison release, and screamed at her mum that McSorley had raped her.

She said she put it to the back of her mind and could not talk to anyone about the rapes earlier.

She also told her counsellor she had not told the police everything two years previously.

She described how McSorley, formerly of Guisborough, twice pinned her down and forced himself on her.

He threatened her not to speak out, saying: “If you cry you’re going to get into trouble, and if you hurt me you’ll be in serious trouble.”

It emerged he had joined a local kayak club, against his court orders as a registered sex offender.

Officers went to his home and found 1,063 child abuse images on his computer equipment.

He since admitted having the indecent pictures, as well as breaching sex offender notification requirements by failing to register a name.

Finally he pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual offences prevention order by having unsupervised contact with a young girl, having two cameras and three phones and overwriting a hard drive.

He denied the rapes, saying the girl found out he was due to be released from prison and made the allegations to keep him inside.

In the witness box, he denied trying to groom the girl but admitted the sexual assaults.

He confessed he was sexually attracted to girls and had enjoyed seeing images of girls as young as six being raped at a time when he was depressed, stressed, “feeling worthless” and drinking heavily.

In 2014, the court heard McSorley was trusted, thought to be harmless and vulnerable as he was invited to church and family functions.

A friend of his called the NSPCC after finding images of children on his laptop, and pictures on his camera of girls outside his home.

McSorley was seen looking at primary school-age girls and surreptitiously taking a picture of one girl on a beach.

Police found a collection of more than 10,600 indecent pictures of children aged five to 15 on a laptop, storage media and hard copies at his flat in June 2012.

He had visited websites offering images of child abuse and taken 130 indecent pictures of children himself, including pictures of the girl he had abused.

A further investigation led to the first revelations about the girl, who had flashbacks and would “cling to the home” after the attacks.

In that case, McSorley admitted two charges of sexual assault and 17 of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children.

The sentencing judge in 2014 said McSorley had an unhealthy sexual fascination with young girls.

February 2014

Guisborough pervert who took photos of kids and amassed 10,000 indecent images of children is jailed

A PERVERT who took photos of children and amassed a collection of more than 10,000 indecent images has been jailed.

Jason McSorley also abused one girl after befriending her family at a church and grooming the youngster with gifts, a court heard.

He was today (Friday, February 14) jailed for a total of two years and four months, and placed on the sex offenders’ register for the next ten years.

Judge Howard Crowson told the 42-year-old that he would continue to be a risk unless he sought help for his “unhealthy interest”.

Teesside Crown Court heard how McSorley’s sickening library of pictures was found by police at his east Cleveland home in 2012.

Friends had earlier contacted the NSPCC after seeing him taking photos of strangers and finding inappropriate images on his lap-top.

McSorley had already been charged and appeared in court, when it was discovered he had abused one of the girls in the pictures.

He has since pleaded guilty to taking, making and possessing indecent images of children and two charges of sexual assault.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said almost 11,000 photos were found – including some he had taken from the bedroom window of his flat.

Peter Wishlade, mitigating, told the court that McSorley was “extremely vulnerable” and had brain damage to his frontal lobe.

He said vigilantes forced him from his home in Stakesby Close inGuisborough after learning of his sordid double-life.

Judge Crowson refused to accept McSorley’s account to probation workers and a psychiatrist that he no longer has an interest in children.

He said: “I very much hope it will be possible for you to receive assistance. Should you not be able to put behind you this kind of act, I can promise you a much longer sentence in the future.

“You had a fascination with young girls that was a sexual one. I do not believe that you have lost that fascination.

“Therefore there is concern on your release about how you will behave.”

McSorley was also banned from having unsupervised contact with girls under 16, and from having an device capable of taking photographs.

Under a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which will run indefinitely, the judge also imposed restrictions on his computer use.

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