January 2018

‘You have to pay the price for what you did’ Man jailed for sex attacks on child

A former Deeside man has been jailed for eight years after he was convicted of a series of sex attacks on a little girl.

Mold Crown Court was told that the offences by James Terrence Butler, 62, dated back more than 20 years.

He had denied a total of 15 charges of indecent assault against the child, now a woman, but was convicted by a jury.

But he was cleared of a rape charge relating to another young woman in the 1980s.

Today Butler, 62, now of Farmdale Drive, Elton, Chester, received an eight-year jail sentence.

Judge David Hale, who also ordered that he register with the police as a sex offender for life.

Butler showed no emotion when the sentence was passed.

Before sentence was passed Anna Price, prosecuting, read a victim impact statement in which the victim told of the effect Butler’s sickening actions had upon her.

She said she had found it hard to speak to people as a child.

The victim told how in later years she felt self-conscious about the clothes she wore, would never wear short skirts and did not like men looking at her.

Before Butler had targeted her she had been happy and confident.

She suffers from stress-related illnesses and would have flash-backs to what had happened to her as a child.

The victim told how she suffered from depression and anxiety – and panic attacks.