February 2019

Burton paedophile that admitted sexually assaulting young child jailed

A 68-year-old man has been jailed for five years and four months for a sexual assault committed against a young girl in Burton.

Stephen Oates, of Main Road, Stapenhill, Burton, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Friday February 15, after having pleading guilty to sexual assault at the same court when he appeared on January 14.

He will also be required to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

The court was told that Oates sexually assaulted the girl in 2017.

She was aged under 13 years old at the time.

January 2019

Burton paedophile admits sexually assaulting young child

A paedophile from Stapenhill has been warned he can expect a long time behind bars after admitting sexually assaulting a young child.

Appearing at Stafford Crown Court, Stephen Oates pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault of a child aged under 13.

The 68-year-old’s case was adjourned for a probation report, but Judge J Salmon warned Oates that did not mean he would receive a more lenient sentence.

Judge Salmon did not ask barristers to give details of Oates’ offence, and they will be heard when he is sentenced at the same court on Friday, February 8.

The court did heard that Oates, of Main Street, will now be put on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Addressing Oates, Judge Salmon said: “I’m not going to sentence you today.

“I want the probation service to prepare a report about you so I can understanding something about your background, the motivation and circumstances of this case and any risk you may pose to other people.

The fact I am adjourning this case should not be taken by you as any indication as to what the sentence may be.

“The guidelines make it clear a substantial custodial sentence must almost inevitably follow.

“I’m granting you bail, but that must not be seen as any indication of a lenient sentence.

“There’s a requirement for you to be put on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

“A piece of mitigation is that by admitting today what you’ve done, it means a young child has not had to come and give evidence in court.

“That’s a matter that the court may take into account when, ultimately, you are sentenced.”