February 2018

Jail for pervert who left ‘love bites’ on girl 53 years his junior

A man old enough to be his victim’s grandfather has been jailed over sexually grooming a girl of 13.

Colin Cureton, 69, had denied anything inappropriate ever occurred between him and the child.

His crimes were unearthed when the teenager’s mother spotted a ‘love bite’ on her daughter’s breast.

The girl told her mother the older man had “sucked her boobs”, and police discovered his saliva on one of the cups of her bra.

But well-known local darts league player Cureton, of Alexander Road in Llandudno, denied anything inappropriate had ever happened.

At a trial before Christmas, a jury found Cureton not guilty on two charges which were said to have involved penetrative acts.

But he was convicted of the sexual activity with a child charge by a majority of 11 to one.

Today at Mold Crown Court, he was sentenced to three years in jail and put under a lifetime sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told him it was a case of grooming of a young child by a much older man.

He said: “You took advantage of a child. There is a very great disparity of age. You were 53 years older than her, old enough to be her grandfather.”

Cureton was ordered to register with the police a sex offender for the rest of his life.