Update July 2016: Released – area unknown

November 2012

Abuser tried to attack his victim again years later


A CHILD abuser who tried to prey on his victim again when they met as adults has been jailed for eight years.

Richard Watson subjected the woman to sexual assaults when he was a teenager and she was aged 11 to 15. He then joined the army and moved away from the area.

They met again 12 years later when he left the forces and she had just graduated from university. He sent her texts demanding sex before going to the flat where she was living.

He tried to rip off her trousers and told her he was going to force her to have sex with him again, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Watson, now 29, of Higher Maudlin Road, Barnstaple, admitted eight specimen counts of indecency dating back to the late 1990s, common assault, and battery with intent to commit a sexual offence.

He was jailed for eight years by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, who told him: “You were well aware she did not consent when you first abused her and you threatened her to make sure she did not tell anyone.

“You saw her again last year when she returned to North Devon from university and you started to try to abuse her again. You sent her text messages threatening violence and you then went to her bedroom and threatened to rape her.

“When she refused you pulled her trousers down in order to rape her.

“She screamed and tried to leave the room by the door but you blocked her and when she tried to leave by the window you blocked that as well.”

Richard Crabb, for the prosecution, said Watson had started abusing the girl when she was eight or nine.

The later incident happened in December last year.

Mr Crabb said: “He asked her if she wanted to talk about the past and she replied she did not. His messages then became unpleasant and threatening.

“He then went to see her and threatened to cut her clothes off.”

Mr Crabb said Watson grabbed her by the hair and tried to pull her trousers down, but she fought and screamed.

He said: “In the end he stopped and told her it had all been a joke. She told a friend and the police were called. She told them she had thought she was going to be raped.”

Greg Richardson, for the defence, said Watson wanted to apologise for the suffering he has caused and deserved credit for pleading guilty.

He said: “I also ask the court to take into account his youth and immaturity at the time he committed the first set of offences.”