June 2017

Jail term increased for paedophile who admits further offence

A FORMER church bus driver had his prison sentence for sexually abusing young girls increased to 13 years at Bradford Crown Court after admitting five further similar offences.

Tony Mitchell was jailed for 11 years in October 2015 for raping a child of 11 and molesting five more girls, aged between seven and 13.

Mitchell, 47, formerly of Idlethorp Way, Thorpe Edge, Bradford, was brought back to court from prison to have his jail term increased by two years.

He pleaded guilty to inciting two little girls to touch one another indecently, inciting a child to touch him indecently and two offences of sexually assaulting a girl under 13.

Prosecutor Stephen Wood said Mitchell’s victims were aged six or seven at the time.

Mitchell sat in the dock weeping, with his head buried in his hands, as Mr Wood read out victim impact statements from the two children.

One said he was a bad man who should go to jail while the second said he had made her feel devastated and angry.

When Mitchell was jailed for 11 years, the sentencing judge said he was guilty of “a campaign of sexual abuse” against six young girls.

He was working as a volunteer bus driver for the Church on the Way in Bradford Road, Idle, when the offences came to light.

Social Services told the pastor that sexual allegations had been made against Mitchell and he stopped driving the bus.

He sought counselling at the church where he was told that if he did not go to the police, it would report him.

Mitchell handed himself in and confessed to what he had done.

Jailing Mitchell for two years to run consecutively with sentence he is serving, Judge Jonathan Rose said he was guilty of “the most appalling and depraved behaviour with very small children.”

Although Mitchell was genuinely remorseful, it was too late to undo the damage he had done.

But he had been frank and open with the police and admitted the offences at the earliest opportunity.

He was already subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order to protect children from him in the future.

October 2015

Former church bus driver jailed for ‘campaign of sexual abuse’ against six young girls

A PAEDOPHILE former church bus driver has been jailed for 11 years for a “campaign of sexual abuse” against six young girls spanning 18 years.

Tony Mitchell raped a child of 11, telling police: “She liked me doing that,” and molested five others, Bradford Crown Court was told.

Mitchell, 45, of Idlethorp Way, Thorpe Edge, Bradford, wept in the dock and held his hands as if clasped in prayer when he was sentenced yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to nine offences against six girls, aged between seven and 13.

Mitchell, who used to own a second hand shop in Bradford, began working as a volunteer bus driver for the Church on the Way in Bradford Road, Idle, in 2012.

Prosecutor Jayne Beckett said that last year, Social Services told the pastor that sexual allegations had been made against Mitchell and he stopped driving the bus.

He sought counselling at the church and confessed to abusing two of the girls.

The church told him that if he did not go to the police, it would report him. Mitchell handed himself in on March 31 this year, Mrs Beckett said.

The allegations did not involve any children on the church bus.

The court heard the first girl Mitchell indecently assaulted was now aged 30. He touched her sexually when she was 11 or 12.

The second victim, now 21, was eight on nine when he abused her.

Mitchell told her mother: “I admit what I have done. I am a paedophile. I am a pervert.”

He also said he was “sick in the head,” Mrs Beckett said.

He touched a third girl, now in her mid teens, indecently in a house and a car.

Mitchell raped a girl of 11 or 12, who now had mental problems, the court heard.

She used dolls to demonstrate to the police what he had done to her.

Mitchell admitted to detectives he took advantage of her, saying “She liked me doing that.”

He sat with his head in his hands as Mrs Beckett said that one of his victims was just seven years old.

She told police officers the abuse had made her feel sad.

Judge Peter Benson told Mitchell: “You conducted a campaign of sexual abuse against young girls over a period of years.”

The judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to protect children from Mitchell in the future.

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