February 2018

Clapping as sex offender who groomed and molested girls is jailed for 15 years

A “sick” paedophile who groomed and molested two underage girls has been jailed for 15 years for a catalogue of sexual attacks, prompting applause in a courtroom.

Jamie Lancaster took perverted pleasure in using power and control, and even touched one child in front of another person, Teesside Crown Court heard

Prosecutor Paul Newcombe said today: “The defendant abused both girls, groomed both girls.”

The 29-year-old repeatedly touched and kissed one young girl years ago, pushing her against a wall and forcibly pulling her clothing in a “clear display of power”.

The sex attacks escalated to a rape, the court was told.

Mr Newcombe said: “The Crown say the defendant gained a perverted pleasure from exerting power and control over the child.”

Lancaster told her he loved her, forced her to say the same to him and told her to say she wanted sex.

She reported him to police and told her mother what happened.

She later said in a statement the abuse affected her life, leaving her scared, nervous, “awful and sad”, crying and screaming from nightmares about him coming to get her.

A second girl, who previously kept silent, found the strength to come forward and reported Lancaster had touched her too several years earlier.

He warned her not to tell of his behaviour, at one point touched her with another person present and whispered: “You know you like it.”

Mr Newcombe said: “This is an example of how bold the defendant was in his behaviour.”

He said the girl knew it was not right, but was always too scared that she would be the one in trouble if she said anything about it.

He added: “She was made to feel as if she was the wrongdoer fearing punishment.

“It’s clear she has feelings of shame and self-blame which are not uncommon feelings of victims in this sort of abuse.”

She later said she had “breakdowns” and was frightened of giving evidence, but was relieved and felt her life was getting back to normal after Lancaster pleaded guilty.

She added in her statement: “For a while this had taken over my life but I finally feel I can get myself back together.”

Lancaster, formerly of Redhill Road, Roseworth, Stockton, initially denied wrongdoing.

On the day of trial he admitted 10 counts – one of rape of a child under 13, three of sexual assault, one of sexual activity with a child, five of inciting a child into sexual activity.

Stephen Constantine, defending, said: “He describes himself as somebody who is sick and in need of help.

“He offers his apologies and sorrow for the behaviour perpetrated.

“He is not a young man for whom there is absolutely no hope for rehabilitation and redemption.”

He said Lancaster – a teenager at the time of some of the offences – wrote a letter recognising his guilt and expressing a wish to seek help.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told Lancaster: “What you did was awful.

“You committed these dreadful offences against them.

“You groomed them. Of that I have no doubt.

“They became scared of you.

“Unusually perhaps in cases of this kind, there is an appreciation of your wrongdoing and your feelings of self-disgust.”

Clapping was heard in the court’s public gallery and the judge was told “thank you” as he jailed Lancaster for 15 years, plus a year’s extended licence.

Lancaster was given a sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

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