June 2017

Man avoids prison after pleading guilty to abusing young girl

A man has avoided an immediate prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to abusing a young girl whilst he himself was a teenager

Gary Waters, 46-years-old of South Beach Estate, Blyth, Northumberland, was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court for indecent assault on a child

The court was told that the sexual abuse was carried out in the mid 1980’s.

The abuse occurred the victim was aged 11 years old.

The abuse consisted of spying on the girl in the bathroom and an incident which occurred when he was 16 and she was 11, when he burst into her bedroom naked from the waist down with an erection and proceeded to strip her naked and attempt to have sex with her, stating “it’s just making love”.

On that occasion, the terrified girl managed to fight him off, but the experience has had a dreadful impact on her life and in 2016 she found the courage to report him to the police.

Waters pleaded his innocence in every Police interview and denied the offences during his first Court appearance

He finally pleaded guilty minutes before his trial began in April.

Waters was sentenced under historical guidelines, which allowed him to walk free from court with a suspended sentence.

The judge handed him a 10 month prison sentence which was suspended for 2 years

A 12 month supervision order was given and a requirement to attend classes to explore his sexual attraction for children

He was told that he must register as sex offender for 10 years.

The Judge passed a 5 year restraining order in relation to him contacting the victim

Gary Waters was also told that he must adhere to only being allowed supervised contact with Children