June 2017

Man abused ‘terrified’ girl

A man who sexually abused a young girl has been jailed for 32 months.

For more than a decade, the child did not tell the police about what Joseph Davison did to her, Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said.

Finally, when she was a woman, she told officers and he was arrested.

She told officers: “I was terrified. It was awful, disgusting, but there was nobody else to stop it.”

In a victim impact statement, she said she has nightmares about the incident. “It will always be with me,” she said.

For Davison, Glenn Parsons told the Honorary Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC: “This was a one-off incident by a man who was very different to the man you see before you today.

“He was inexplicably behaving in this way for the the first time.

“At that time…. he was drinking very heavily indeed. That was the basis for him to behave in this way. Since then there has been no repeat of this kind of conduct.”

Davison, now 65, of Bridge Court, Selby, pleaded guilty to three charges of gross indecency with a child, all committed on the same day, and was jailed for 32 months at York Crown Court.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and made subject to other measures aimed at protecting children from him.

Both orders will last for the rest of his life.

The judge said the abuse had had a “profound effect” on the victim.

He told Davison: “You were not very young, you were not immature, you were a grown man in full possession of your faculties when you committed this revolting offence.”

Mr Parsons handed in references on Davison’s behalf.