June 2016

Gateshead pervert sexually assaulted two sleeping girls and a teenager he plied with drink


A pervert who groped two young girls as they slept and molested a schoolgirl after plying her with drink has been jailed.

Michael Todd admitted sexually assaulting two youngsters when they were as young as seven while they were asleep.

And while on bail for those offences, he groped a 14-year-old girl after plying her with vodka and lager.

Now the 37-year-old has been jailed for three years at Newcastle Crown Court after he admitted six offences of sexual assault.

The court heard the first victim was aged between seven and eight when Todd touched her.

While she was asleep he tried to pull down her trousers and on another occasion molested her over her clothing.

He also sexually assaulted a nine-year-old over her clothing while she was asleep, stopping when she woke up.

Todd was arrested and bailed for those offences when the children revealed what had happened.

While on bail, he went on to offend against the 14-year-old girl.

In February he provided her with lager and followed her to the bathroom, where he sexually assaulted her.

A few days later he gave her vodka and coke and encouraged her to drink it in one go and also gave her lager.

When she went to be sick, he followed her and again molested her over her clothes.

Todd, from Gateshead but of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault of a girl under 13 and two of sexual assault of a child under 16.

As well as the three year prison sentence, he must sign the sex offender register and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

The court heard Todd has no previous convictions and was well thought of.

Robin Patton, defending, said: “Until these offences he was hard working, industrious and attracted praise. Pleading guilty means he loses his home and family and access to them in the ordinary way”