September 2016

Prepare for jail – York sex offender told

A MAN has been told to expect a prison sentence after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Peter Campbell, 35, formerly of Wheldrake and now of East Heslerton near Malton, was judged to have sexually assaulted the girl by a jury at York Crown Court yesterday.

At a previous hearing, Ian Brook, prosecuting, told the court that Campbell sexually assaulted the teenager when she was sick with alcohol and drugs.

Mr Brook claimed Campbell took advantage of the girl’s vulnerable state and molested her.

He alleged that Campbell showed the girl pictures of himself and his wife carrying out sex acts together and with a third woman before carrying out two sex acts on her.

The court was told she had gone to his then home in Wheldrake with her boyfriend, who wanted to buy a car from him.

At a different hearing, Campbell said he touched the girl sexually but claimed she had encouraged him to do so and had consented to all his actions.

He denied that he had hastily taken his hand away from the girl when her boyfriend came into the room and denied prosecution suggestions he had deliberately plied her with drink and drugs, started a drinking game with the intention of causing a rift between her and her boyfriend and showed her naked pictures of himself, his wife and another woman.

Campbell pleaded not guilty to two charges of sexual assault. The jury decided that Campbell was guilty of one of the charges, but not the other.

The case has now been adjourned until October 4 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Recorder Jeremy Hill-Baker said: “You should prepare yourself for an immediate sentence of custody.”