May 2018: Drake avoided prison. He was handed a four month sentence which was suspended for two years.
He was ordered to attend a sex offenders treatment programme.
He was handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and told that he must register as a sex offender for the same period
Scarborough Man Admits Child Sex Charges
A man who carried the Olympic torch through Scarborough in 2012 is facing jail after being exposed as a sexual predator.
Paul Anthony Drake, 53, was arrested at Scarborough Railway Station where he had planned to meet a 14-year-old “girl”, York Crown Court heard.
In fact, the “teenager” he had tried to groom online turned out to be a “paedophile hunter group” who set a trap for Drake and lured him into a false hook-up.
Waiting for him outside the train station were members of the vigilante group who reported Drake to police.
He was arrested just before midday on March 24 and taken in for questioning.
Drake, of Maple Drive, was charged with attempted sexual communication with a child under 16 years of age between March 10 and 25, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity between the same dates, and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
It is said that Drake travelled to meet the “child” on at least two occasions leading up to his arrest in March. He appeared in court on Monday when he admitted all three charges, but sentencing was adjourned for probation reports.
Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told Drake he faced a jail sentence for “significant and serious offences”.
Drake will be sentenced on May 29 and was given conditional bail until that date. He will be made to sign on the sex-offenders’ register in the meantime.
Drake was picked to carry the torch in 2012 for his charity work.