Pervert set out to ‘corrupt’ young victim after death of his wife
A MAN is facing a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of “systematically grooming” a teenage girl before repeatedly raping her.
Paul Hayton, 58, bribed his victim with money, alcohol and cigarettes to prevent her telling others of the abuse, a jury at Bradford Crown Court heard.
He had denied the offences, but was found guilty yesterday on three counts of rape, three counts of sexual activity with a child, and a charge of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
The court heard that the charges dated from 2011, when the girl was aged just 15 and Hayton was 53, to 2014.
During the trial, prosecutor Gerald Hendron told the jury that Hayton, of Allerby Green, Bradford, had set out to “systematically sexualise and groom” the girl following the death of his wife.
He said: “His intention was to corrupt her and go further and further, up to the point of having sex with her.”
Hayton was said to have bribed the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with drink, money, and cigarettes to keep her quiet, leaving her “too frightened and confused to raise the alarm”.
In an interview with police in 2015, Hayton had admitted having sex with the girl when she was
15, but claimed it had been consensual.
Mr Hendron said Hayton then later disputed his admission, stating the girl was in fact 16.
He said: “He (Hayton) has changed his story to avoid further consequences of his acts.”
The jury heard that Hayton had raped the girl in an attic bedroom and living room of a property in Bradford, leaving her “in fear of both the defendant and what had happened”.
He also made her perform a sexual act on him in a bathroom, and tried to make the teenager watch pornography while he masturbated in front of her.
The jury heard that Hayton had claimed his relationship with the girl was consensual and “50-50”.
Mr Hendron highlighted that the girl was aged 15 and Hayton was in his 50s, stating: “Would she find him sexually attractive? I submit not.”
He described the abuse suffered by the girl as a “dark secret she kept buried for years”.
She made a complaint against Hayton after being sought out by police, and Mr Hendron said the delay in coming forward was due to the effects she had suffered from the abuse.
He said: “She didn’t make a full disclosure straight away as the enormity of what she had to say had to be done incrementally.”
Recorder John Thackray remanded Hayton in custody following the guilty verdicts.
He will be brought back to Bradford Crown Court for sentencing on Monday, November 20.