September 2016

Man sexually assaulted schoolgirl his girlfriend was babysitting for is jailed for seven years


A man who sexually assaulted two Stowmarket schoolgirls nearly 30 years ago has been jailed for seven years

Before Ipswich Crown Court was Nicholas Tilley, 47, who had denied three offences of indecent assault dating back to the 1980s.

He was convicted by a jury of all three offences after a four-day trial. In addition to being jailed, Tilley was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order

Sentencing Tilley, Judge David Goodin described the offences as “grubby and disgraceful”.

During the trial the court heard that in 2008 Tilley was convicted of two offences of sexual assault on a six-year-old girl and possessing and making indecent images of children and was jailed for six years.

During this week’s trial the court heard that Tilley was 19 when he sexually assaulted one of the victims in the 1980s while he was with his girlfriend who was babysitting.

The victim, who is now in her 30s, told police that Tilley had gone upstairs three or four times while his girlfriend was looking after her and touched her.

She said Tilley had told her she was his “special girl” and that what took place was “their secret”, said Lindsay Cox, prosecuting.

At the time the complainant, who was about seven, had not realised what he was doing to her was wrong. “She liked him and liked the attention she was getting from him,” said Mr Cox.

The woman went to the police in 2014 and during police enquiries another victim came forward and claimed Tilley had indecently touched her on one occasion when she was 11 or 12, said Mr Cox.

Giving evidence, Tilley, of Fulbourn, Cambridge, had denied sexually assaulting the victims.