July 2018

Paedophile, 74, with ‘predilection for prepubescent girls’ jailed

A retired carpet cleaner has been jailed for five years after being found guilty of sexual offences against three young girls.

Leslie Tucker was locked up after a judge heard he had a ‘predilection for prepubescent girls’.

The 74-year-old, of Mallorie Road, Norton, carried out sickening attacks on his victims who were all aged under 16 and even threatened to hurt one of them if she told anyone what had happened.

Chester Crown Court heard the offences all followed the pattern.

Tucker – who had an oxygen tank connected to his nose by tubes to aid his breathing when he appeared in the dock – had denied sexual assault and indecent assault but he was found guilty by a jury of six men and six women.

As well as the jail sentence, he was also handed a sexual harm prevention order and must sign sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Prosecutor Myles Wilson said: “It was a series of offences which followed a particular pattern. He was sexually attracted to prepubescent girls with a predilection for touching them sexually.”

She said: “I didn’t know what to do. I was scared and upset and it was always in my head.

“He told me if I told anyone he would get someone to come round and hurt me.

“I wish I’d said something sooner. I now feel protected now I’ve got it out in the open. The only way to get rid of it is to vent it out.”

Tucker, formerly of Cloverdale Road, Macclesfield, was found not guilty of two further charges of indecent assault and the jury could not reach a verdict on two charges of indecent assault on a fourth complainant.