Child rapist who claimed to have ‘left his past in Boro’ is jailed
A child rapist branded a “sick coward” by his victim on Facebook has been jailed for 10 years.
Peter Thompson’s past caught up with him as he faced his punishment for using a young boy as a “sexual plaything”.
He was a teenager when he committed the series of sexual offences against a primary school pupil more than a decade ago.
Jurors heard how he manipulated, cajoled, molested and raped the younger boy in Middlesbrough.
Prosecutor Paul Cleasby said Thompson took the vulnerable boy to woodland to touch him and took him to a garage or outhouse to show him pornography.
He told how Thompson, 31, subjected the smaller boy to escalating abuse, sometimes under the guise of a game.
He said Thompson told the boy he would get into trouble if he spoke out.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was affected by his experiences and later told his family.
He confronted Thompson on Facebook years later calling him a twisted coward.
He wrote: “We’re going to have a talk, me and you.
“For too long this secret’s been in the back of my head. You’d best get in touch.”
Thompson replied he did not know what the young man was talking about, saying: “Don’t start sending me stupid messages.
“I don’t even live in Boro anymore. I’ve finally put my life back on track… Leave me alone.
“I’ve turned myself around, met the love of my life. I’m the person I always wanted to be.
“I hate who I was back then. I left that person in Boro. He’s never coming back.”
The victim replied: “You sick coward. Don’t even have the balls to meet me and admit what you’ve done… You know exactly what I’m talking about.”
Thompson, formerly of Maltby Place, Thornaby, denied wrongdoing and stood trial twice.
He told one jury: “I haven’t done any of this. I don’t understand why I’m being accused of this. It didn’t happen.”
He denied taking out his desires on a child, taking advantage of the boy’s youth, using him as a “sexual plaything” or trying to manipulate him.
The jury in the first trial in March was discharged. A second trial took place in June.
He was convicted on seven charges – five of rape, one of sexual assault, one of inciting sexual activity, all against a child under 13.
He cried in the dock as the jury delivered unanimous guilty verdicts.
He was cleared on seven other counts – two of rape, four of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child – after the four-day trial.
He faced sentence by Judge Amanda Rippon at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday.
He was jailed for 10 years and will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
Rapist weeps in the dock as jury convicts him of sex crimes against a child