October 2017

Ingleby Barwick pervert admits string of sex crimes against child

A sex offender could be jailed after he pleaded guilty to a string of sexual crimes against a child.

Neil Docherty, 43, faced an indictment accusing him of 12 sexual offences in the Eston area more than two decades ago.

He pleaded guilty to eight of the charges – four of indecent assault, four of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency – at an earlier hearing.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said: “There was to be a trial on the remaining four counts today.”

Docherty, of Springhill Grove, Ingleby Barwick, on Wednesday admitted a ninth charge of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

No trial took place as the Crown accepted this plea at Teesside Crown Court.

Mr Dodds said: “The Crown is content for the remaining three counts to remain on the court file.

“In any event the matters to which he’s already pleaded guilty are the more serious allegations.”

The offences all relate to a young boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, more than 20 years ago.

Judge Peter Armstrong bailed Docherty until sentencing on December 4.

He told Docherty: “The purpose of adjourning sentence is so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared on you.

“Your bail is renewed until that date. I have to warn you that the renewal of your bail at this stage mustn’t be taken by you as an indication that the sentence will necessarily be anything other than a custodial one.”

Docherty is already subject to notification requirements on the sex offenders’ register as a result of his earlier pleas.

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