August 2018: Watson is dead
Paedophile who abused 3 York girls is jailed for 9 years
A PREDATORY paedophile has been jailed for nine years and members of his family have been told to “hang their heads in shame” for the way they behaved towards his victims.
Gary Watson had blighted the life of a woman whom he had abused when she was five and his persistent and years-long abuse of two more girls had affected them so badly they had self-harmed and their schooling had suffered, The Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC, said at York Crown Court.
The policeman who brought Watson to justice, Det Con John Atkinson, of York Serious Crime Team, was commended by the judge. The detective praised the victims’ “courage and determination”, and their families for the way they had supported them.
Judge Batty told Watson he was guilty of “predatory abuse” over two decades and had a “dark side”.
When the girls finally broke their silence, Watson had denied the offences and had tried to “assassinate their characters” during his nine-day trial.
As members of Watson’s family listened in the public gallery, the judge told Watson: “The way in which you, and for that matter, members of your family, have pilloried these brave children who have come forward to give evidence, you and they should hang your heads in shame.
“You have tried to bluster your way through this trial, bluster your way and swagger your way out of criminal liability. You gambled and you lost and now it is the day of reckoning.”
Watson, 55, a former rugby league youth coach and former chocolate worker, of Clifton, was convicted by a jury on Thursday of:
indecency with the five-year-old girl
Five sexual assaults
seven charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
One of sexual activity with a child
Against the other victims, the abuse starting when one of them was nine and the other 11.