May 2018

‘Paedophile pest’ made sexually-explicit remarks to schoolboy

A pervert told a judge he had been ‘very ill’ after breaching the terms of a sexual harm prevention order by making sexually-explicit remarks to a 15-year-old schoolboy on a bus.

William Barton, of Broadhurst Avenue, Sankey Bridges, was hauled before Liverpool Crown Court for the second time in two years after ignoring a court order imposed in May 2016 which prohibited him from having contact with a child under the age of 18.

The court heard how the 68-year-old had previously made inappropriate comments to two boys at Warrington Central train station, forcing the youngsters to run away.

On March 6, Barton approached a 15-year-old boy and asked him for the time.

The victim then walked on to the bus and sat down. Barton followed and sat next to the defendant.

Barton then attempted to engage the young boy in sexualised conversation and made rude remarks asking him ‘if he had ever done it?’

Derek Jones, prosecuting, said: “That made the victim feel uncomfortable, although he did say he didn’t feel threatened.

“He said the defendant smelt of alcohol. 

“When the defendant left the bus he told the victim he would buy him a pint one day.”

The victim notified his parents about the encounter who informed the police.

CCTV identified Barton, who has previous convictions for dishonesty offences, as the suspect and he was arrested on March 25.

The defendant firstly denied that it was him but he later pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, sentenced Barton to nine months in prison which was suspended for two years as well as a 30-day rehabilitation order so he could ‘talk through his problems’.

He added: “You have been very dirty. It is up to you how you decide to live the rest of your life.

“Young boys are entitled to be protected from paedophile pests like you but if I send you to prison today you won’t be any better or any the wiser.

“It is far more in the public interest to get you the support you need and suspended the sentence.” 

Barton must abide by the sexual harm prevention order or he faces an immediate jail term. 

Judge Goldstone added: “You are not a fool. It is alcohol that is your undoing. 

“Keep sober and keep out of trouble or you will be going back to prison.”