July 2017

Serial sex offender jailed for 15 years after rape of schoolgirl

A serial sex offender was branded a cruel, heartless pervert who took triumph in robbing a schoolgirl of her innocence as he was jailed for 15 years.

Dale Hutcheson, 29, raped a grieving underage girl and years later sexually attacked two women on the same night, Teesside Crown Court heard.

A judge said he preyed upon the young girl, who was home alone when he came in uninvited in 2007.

“You raped her, taking advantage of your greater size and her vulnerability,” said the judge, Recorder Nicholas Barker, today.

He said it was her first sexual experience – “a cruel and debasing act by you” – when he knew she was grieving the death of a family member.

“You told her to be quiet and not to move and it wouldn’t hurt, perhaps a veiled threat by you if she didn’t comply,” added the judge.

“This callous and brutal rape had a significant and lasting impact on her, affecting her relationships and her sense of security.”

She since suffered night terrors, was frightened of men and scared of being home alone, she said in a statement.

Hutcheson raped her when he was 19, weeks after he was released from a prison sentence for two sexual assaults on a 15-year-old girl at a Redcar bus stop in 2005.

The rape victim felt unable to report it until he goaded her in a chance meeting in 2015.

He taunted her, saying she “asked for it” and no one would believe her.

The judge said: “It seems to me this is yet another example of your cruel and heartless nature.

“It shows a sense of perverted triumph for what you had done and the innocence that you had taken from her.”

Hutcheson attacked two women after a drink, cocaine and cannabis binge last October.

He grabbed one woman’s face and “kissed her forcibly without her consent” in the toilets of the Redcar Working Men’s Club after making suggestive comments.

“Your sexual drive that night was high and you were determined to engage sexually,” added Recorder Barker.

Hutcheson exposed himself to another woman then later, at a home, bluntly asked her for sex.

When she turned him down, he sexually assaulted her and tried to rape her, insulting her as he did so.

“You were the perverted one who wished to do whatever you wanted to do to satisfy your sexual desires,” said the judge.

The women later told of the effects on their lives including anxiety, troubled emotions, difficulties socialising and personality changes.

Hutcheson was deemed to be a dangerous offender posing a significant risk of serious harm.

He was given an 18-year sentence – a 15-year prison term, of which he will serve at least two thirds, plus three years’ extended licence.

He was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order banning him from unsupervised contact with under-16s, living or staying in the same home as underage girls, or starting any friendship or physical relationship with a female without telling police first.

He will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Hutcheson, of Broxa Close, Redcar, was convicted by a jury of rape, attempted rape, two sexual assaults and exposure after a trial in May.

He still denies the offences and the court heard previously he planned to appeal his conviction.

He was found not guilty of another rape and exposure.

He received a four-year sentence in 2008 for wounding with intent after he stabbed a woman’s leg.

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