June 2015

North Wales man jailed after sex acts with a woman with a mental disorder

A North Wales man who engaged in sexual acts with a woman who suffered from a mental disorder has been jailed for seven years 

Michael Geldart, 65, was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for life.

Judge Rhys Rowlands, sitting at Mold Crown Court, also made a life-time sexual harm offences order to curb his future activities.

And Geldart of LLanddoget Road in Llanrwst, was told that he would never been able to work with children or vulnerable people.

The judge said that but for his early guilty pleas, he would have received a ten year prison sentence.

Geldart admitted six offences of sexual activity with a woman with a mental disorder which impeded her ability to refuse to participate in sexual activity with him.

The judge said that he had taken advantage of a vulnerable woman.

When alone he began by kissing and hugging her, he touched her over her clothing, and had simulated sex.

There was one incident of penetrative activity when it went as far as getting her to perform oral sex on him.

“This was repeated behaviour on your part,” the judge told him.

Not only was the victim someone with a mental disability, she was less than half his age.

Understandably it had a dreadful effect on the complaint and on her mother.

The victim had been made to promise that she would not tell anyone what was going on.

Testimonials on his part showed that there was another side to his character, he had pleaded guilty but the judge said that he was concerned about some aspects of what the defendant had said in his pre-sentence report.

He was suggesting that the conduct was consentual and that she did not suffer any harm.

That indicated a lack of insight on the defendant’s part, the judge said.

The victim had suffered a profound degree of harm.

He had no previous convictions, and until his retirement he had spent a life-time working to support his family.

It was one incident of penetrative sexual activity against a background of a whole raft of sexual activity including simulated sex, the judge said.

Prosecutor Andrew Green told how the victim was upset and asked her mother if she could become pregnant?

She told how the defendant had been “coming on” to her but had gone too far that night and hurt her.

When the mother confronted him, he said he was sorry and that he did not know what had come over him.

The victim had told how she became absolutely petrified of him.