October 2017

Child rapist who groomed victims with booze and gifts is jailed

A “menace to children” who raped and sexually abused young girls after he befriended their parents was jailed for 12 years today

Peter Daniels, aged 69 and of Alderbury, previously admitted 12 sexual offences dating back to August 2016.

Prosecuting, Tim Moores said Daniels was known as “Uncle Peter” to a large number of children in Salisbury.

Daniels had begun to look after many children and they had got into the habit of visiting him, with some staying the night in his home.

Mr Moores said: “It appears he had managed to ingratiate himself by buying presents for children, taking them out on trips and offering to babysit.”

He added that Daniels had targeted low income families and bought the girls presents which “made these girls keep coming back”.

The court heard that one of the victims said that she had liked going to Daniels’ house because she got to do what she liked and was allowed to stay up late.

The other girl said that on two occasions she had “got off her head” after Daniels had given her beer, vodka and cider.

In mitigation Michael Butt said that the offences “mercifully occurred without the victim knowing anything about it” as all but one took place when the girls were asleep.

Mr Butt said Daniels “vehemently denies” that he “deliberately created the opportunity for sexual abuse” but instead that he took advantage of the situation.

“A significant factor of this case is there is a lack of force, violence or compulsion,” Mr Butt added.

“He doesn’t seek to minimise what he actually did to them.

“This is an obvious interest that has grown over the years in his mind.”

Judge Richard Parkes said Daniels had demonstrated classic grooming behaviour.

“You plainly had this offending in your mind over a number of years – you are a menace to children,” Judge Parkes added.

Daniels was sent to prison for 12 years with an extended licence period of five years.

He will also be made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and an indefinite restraining order against his two victims.

Winchester Crown Court heard that the offences came to light after an allegation was made in July this year.

A police investigation found indecent images and videos on a tablet belonging to Daniels.

The full charges against him were:

  • Rape of a child under 13.

  • Attempted rape of a child under 13.

  • Two counts of sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl.

  • Sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl by penetration.

  • Sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

  • Two counts of making a category B indecent film of a child.

  • Making category A indecent images of a child.

  • Making category B indecent images of a child.

  • Two counts of making category C indecent images of a child.

Enquiries are taking place into alleged similar offending by Daniels after other children made complaints.

Daniels is a published author and well known around Salisbury. He wrote the Journal’s Scrapbook column until December 2015.

September 2017

Child rapist, 69, admits string of sex offences against young girls

AN Alderbury man who admitted a string of sex offences towards girls under 13 has been told by a judge he will be jailed.

Peter Daniels, 69, pleaded guilty to twelve counts of sexual assault at Winchester Crown Court today.

The charges against him date back to August 2016.

Enquiries are now taking place into alleged similar offending by Daniels, after 16 other children made complaints, the court heard.

Prosecuting, Tom Moores said there was a “large ongoing enquiry” and “a large quantity of material stored on phones and cameras to be checked”.

He said Daniels “was a keen cameraman and filmed and photographed perfectly normally on occasions” but indecent images and videos had been found.

Mr Moores said the investigation into the new allegations may not be complete until early next year.

Judge Susan Evans QC told Daniels: “Please understand you are going to receive a significant custodial sentence.”

Daniels, who spoke only to confirm his name, will be sentenced on October 13 at Winchester Crown Court.

He will be remanded in custody until that date, while probation workers carry out a report to assess how dangerous he is.

The full charges against him are:

  • Rape of a child under 13.

  • Attempted rape of a child under 13.

  • Two counts of sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl.

  • Sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl by penetration.

  • Sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

  • Two counts of making a category B indecent film of a child.

  • Making category A indecent images of a child.

  • Making category B indecent images of a child.

  • Two counts of making category C indecent images of a child.

Daniels is a published author and well known around Salisbury, including writing the Journal’s Scrapbook column until December 2015.

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