June 2018

Darlington pensioner jailed over child sex crimes

A pensioner has been jailed after abusing an underage girl in the 1970s and 80s.

Darlington man Geoffrey Auton was sentenced to two years and six months in prison after admitting three charges of gross indecency with a child under 14.

The 72-year-old targeted the girl between 1978 and 1984, leaving her traumatised for decades afterwards.

She reported him to the police in December 2016 and he was eventually sentenced at Teesside Crown Court last week.