February 2015

Paedophile has been locked up at the age of 76 for “evil” sex attacks on young girls in Mansfield

Alexander Rolland, of Westfield Lane, was sentenced to eight years in custody at Nottingham Crown Court.

He will serve half and be released on licence to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), banning any unsupervised contact with children.

Judge Michael Stokes QC, who sentenced him on Monday, February 9, told him he had to deal with him for a catalogue of sexual offending against a number of children under the age of 13 years.

“Some children never forget what has happened them and it can affect their relationships when they grow up and want to start their own families,” the judge said.

“It’s evil behaviour and there is no other way of describing it.”

The most serious offence had been Rolland repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old.

“She was one of four children who you treated in this illegal and disgusting way,” added the judge.

Prosecutor Dawn Pritchard, reading from a victim impact statement, said this girl was “frightened” when Rolland touched her and thought he might be dangerous.

A second victim was aged eight years when she was interviewed by police and told them Rolland touched her.

She said since she had become a “very angry person” and feels scared.

“She is pleased he admitted he touched her,” Miss Pritchard told the court.

“She too wants him to go to prison.”

A third child said he sexually touched her and exposed himself when she was about ten years old.

A fourth girl complained Rolland touched her when she was seven years old.

Married Rolland pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, six sexual assaults, causing a child to watch a sexual act and observing a person doing a private act.

In 1988 he was convicted of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl, the court heard.

Laura Pitman, in mitigation, asked for credit for the guilty pleas Rolland had entered and said he recognised there were issues he needed to addresses.

“He has indicated he will access courses in the prison environment,” she said.