August 2018

Sex offender to spend more time behind bars for ‘sickening’ abuse of girls

A depraved sex offender who was caged last year will spend even more time behind bars after admitting a raft of historical sexual offences against two girls.

Stephen Masser, 68, who is currently serving eight years at HMP Durham for similar offences committed in Scotland in the 1980s and 1990s, appeared before Bradford Crown Court yesterday to face four counts of indecent assault and one count of rape against one girl and one count of indecent assault against another.

The catalogue of abuse, which took place in Bradford, dates back to the 1960s and 1970s.

Prosecutor Sophie Drake detailed the vile abuse the girls were subject to.

The court heard harrowing victim impact statements from the two women about how the rest of their lives had been affected by what happened to them.

One spoke of how she felt like “damaged goods” and a “shell of a person”.

She added that relationships have been difficult and she finds it hard to trust anyone.

The other women said she had lost her innocence and how she is now always on her guard, does not let people in and is “insecure, nervous and distrustful”.

She said carrying around the burden for so long had taken its toll.

Masser, who appeared via video link from HMP Durham, was jailed last year for similar offences following a trial.

The court heard he had also received a 12-month sentence in 1972 for GBH and indecent assault of a young woman.

In sentencing, the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said statements from the two women indicated an enduring traumatic impact.

Treating rape as the overarching offence, Masser was sentenced to 12 years, with three years extended licence, to begin immediately.

He also received concurrent sentences of three years and nine months for the five counts of indecent assault.

April 2017

Sex offender Stephen Masser jailed for attacks on children

A convicted sex offender found guilty of carrying out attacks including rape on children in the north east of Scotland has been jailed.

Stephen Masser, 66, of New Aberdour, was convicted of 12 charges, which also included indecent assault.

Masser carried out the rape when the girl was aged between seven and 11.

He also carried out physical violence on the girl who was beaten and hit with a potato peeler and molested her when she was a teenager.

He perpetrated further sexual abuse on a schoolboy and subjected him to violence.

During his offending, which lasted from 1982 until 1997, he also beat two other boys at houses in Aberdeen and the Aberdeenshire area.

The attacks happened over a 15-year period in Fraserburgh and Aberdeen.

Masser was jailed for eight years at the High Court in Edinburgh. Lord Woolman said the offences had “a profound effect” on the victims.

The offending lasted from 1982 until 1997.

Following his conviction the court heard that he had been previously jailed in the 1970s for indecent assault and assault in England.

March 2017

Sex offender found guilty of attacks in north east of Scotland

A convicted sex offender raped a girl and carried out a serious indecent assault on a boy during a 15-year catalogue of abuse against children.

Stephen Masser (66) carried out the rape when the girl was aged between seven and 11.

He also subjected the older boy to a sex assault when he was 14 or 15-years-old at a house in Aberdeenshire.

Masser, of Ard Mor Croit, New Aberdour, near Fraserburgh, also carried out physical violence on the girl who was beaten and hit with a potato peeler and molested her when she was a teenager.

He also perpetrated further sexual abuse on the boy and subjected him to violence.

During his offending, which lasted from 1982 until 1997, he also beat two other boys at houses in Aberdeen and the Aberdeenshire area.

During a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, Masser had denied the worst of his sex crimes against children and claimed there was “a border” he would not cross.

He admitted he had perpetrated some of the lesser abuse against children and said: “It was tremendously wrong.”

“I have no explanation for why it happened. I just knew it should not have happened,” he told his trial.

Masser claimed that the rape of the girl did not happen and that he was suffering from erectile dysfunction.

He maintained that because of medication he was taking he could not have done that.

He told his counsel Brian McConnachie QC: “I would never have gone as far as she accused me of doing.”

He also claimed that he would never have raped his boy victim and said: “I have been raped. I know what the pain is like.”

Masser alleged that his male accuser had done drugs “quite a lot” and could be “really weird”.

He claimed that victims had “exaggerated” in their evidence.

He told the court that he had been taught not to lose control in any situation.

Advocate depute Paul Kearney asked him how that self control was working when he was sexually abusing victims.

Masser replied: “That’s something I could not control. What I did, I don’t know why I did it.”

The woman, now aged 36, who was subjected to abuse by Masser from the age of seven rejected defence suggestions that the rape did not take place.

The woman had later gone to police in England over another matter and revealed that she had been sexually abused in childhood.

A detective who spoke to her said: “She was really very upset. She was very distressed.”

The English police contacted their Scottish counterparts prompting the investigation into Masser.

Yesterday (Monday) he was found guilty of 12 charges including rape, indecent assault, indecency and assault.

Following his conviction the court heard that he had been previously jailed in the 1970s for indecent assault and assault in England.

Masser was placed on the sex offenders’ register.

The judge, Lord Woolman, deferred sentence on him until next month for the preparation of a background report.