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January 2016

Sex offender locked up for two years after targeting young boy at holiday park

David Baines, jailed for two years at Grimsby Crown Court. Submitted picture courtesy of Humberside Police. Submitted Picture 07/01/2016 story by Mark Naylor

A SEX offender has been jailed for two years after targeting a young boy during holidays in a caravan at Thorpe Park, Cleethorpes.

David Baines, 48, of no fixed address, admitted two offences of sexually assaulting the youngster and another of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Craig Lowe, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Baines touched the boy, who was aged six or seven at the time, and kissed him intimately while the youngster was on holiday at the park.

The incidents happened on a series of occasions between July 2014 and August last year. 

Sarah Fearon, mitigating, said Baines “found himself being overwhelmed by his compulsions” and knew he had done wrong.

He apologised to the boy and his family. “He wishes more than anything that it had not happened but it did,” said Miss Fearon.

“He is overwhelmed with guilt and shame.”

Baines had been in custody since October 23 and wanted to pay financial compensation to the boy by selling off possessions and giving the money raised to him.

Judge Peter Kelson QC told Baines: “You are wracked with remorse for what you have done but you must be punished.”

Baines was given a 15-year sexual harm prevention order and must register as a sex offender for ten years.