October 2015

Pervert jailed for sex offences against two girls

A 49-year-old man has been jailed after a jury found him guilty of sexual offences against two young girls.

Gary Houghton denied six offences against one girl, who was aged 16 at the time, and two offences against the other, who was under 13, Worcester Crown Court heard.

A jury found him not guilty of one of the charges against the younger girl after a six day trial earlier this month but guilty of the other offences, Jason Aris, prosecuting, told a sentencing hearing.

He said Houghton had carried out a form of “sexual bullying” against the older girl which included touching her private parts and breasts over her clothing and making abusive comments in a period up to 2004. He touched the other girl once over her clothing.

The court heard Houghton had 36 convictions for 176 offences and he had been in custody before.

Gerald Bermingham defending, said most of the convictions were for motoring offences and some for dishonesty but none for sexual offences.

He said Houghton still denied that any of the incidents had taken place. He had previously lived in Worcester but his house had come under attack since the offences came to light and he had now moved to try and build a new life in Newton St Margaret’s, Hereford.

One of the victims, now in her late 20s, read her personal statement to the court and said the assaults had had an impact on her relationship with her partner and she had been treated for depression.

Judge Robert Juckes, QC, said Houghton had fought the case from start to finish, making both the victims give evidence.

“There is not one ounce of remorse from you or hint that you accept what you did but the evidence was powerful and persuasive,” he said. He jailed Houghton for 18 months for the one offence against the younger girl and six months for the offences against the older girl, making a total of two years.

A sexual harm prevention order was imposed until further notice and he will have to register as a sex offender for ten years.