October 2016

Pensioner jailed for “horrific” sexual abuse against three girls over nearly 40 years

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A pensioner isolated and committed “horrific” sexual abuse against three girls over nearly 40 years.

Donald Eaton groomed and molested his victims, one aged as young as four, between the 1950s and 1990s.

The 84-year-old, of Langford Road in Aigburth, admitted nine counts of indecent assault at Liverpool Crown Court .

Eaton, using a walking stick in the dock, also pleaded guilty to a charge of indecency with a child.

Judge Denis Watson, QC, today jailed him for eight and a half years, with an extended two years on licence.

He said an attack on one of the girls “was such a horrific act that she will never forget it”.

Judge Watson said: “It’s hard to imagine a more traumatic set of circumstances for the three individuals concerned.”

The offending began when Eaton was in his early 20s, having been discharged from the army on mental health grounds after serving in Korea.

Paul Treble, prosecuting, said in each case the paedophile “would try and isolate them and take advantage of them”.

The first victim was confused by the abuse and only realised many years later what Eaton actually did.

Donald William Eaton, 84

She told the court she felt guilty because reporting it sooner could have spared future victims.

The woman said: “I have struggled since and for the rest of my life keeping the memory to myself, sort of burying the thoughts.

“I am now left full of sadness and loss, feeling sick every day and suffering disturbed sleep nightly.”

Mr Treble said the second victim also struggled to understand but now felt Eaton “robbed her of her innocence”.

The woman said: “This man is a dangerous sexual deviant and not to be trusted around children.”

His third victim sobbed as she recalled the “horrors” perpetrated by Eaton, which “changed my life forever”.

She said the “twisted” pervert filmed himself abusing her and “used me like a puppet in his sick games”.

The woman added: “I still suffer from anxiety, nightmares and feelings of panic.

“I had to have cognitive behavioural therapy to try and cope.”

Judge Watson told Eaton to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life and gave him an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.