July 2018

Pervert pensioner befriended women to get close to their children

A perverted pensioner gained the trust of two women to get close to young members of their families, a court heard.

George Loughman, 76, had been jailed for four years in 2010 for serious sex offences.

After his release, he was governed by strict rules which meant he could not have unsupervised access to children.

But between April last year and this March, he “inveigled his way into two households”, said Judge Stephen Ashurst as he jailed him for 16 months.

The judge told the Middlesbrough pensioner: “Unhappily,with increasing age your interest in sexual matters has not waned.There is something of a pre-occupation of sexual matters even if your are physically incapable of performing them.”

Teesside Crown Court heard that wheelchair-user Loughman has a number of different illnesses and has suffered strokes.

His barrister, Paul Abrahams, told the court: “While there is no suggestion the defendant did anything inappropriate, it is the perceived risk that is the gravamen of the offending.”

Loughman admitted two charges of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and one of failing to comply with the requirements of the sex offenders’ register.

Judge Ashurst told him: “You seem to blame everyone but yourself over these matters.

“I regard you as presenting a risk and note what is said in the pre-sentence report about your inability to accept what you have done.

“The common ground between these two ladies is neither knew anything about your past. Both feel betrayed by exposing the children to the risk of you doing something more serious to them.”