January 2019

Teenager jailed for ten years for sex attacks on schoolboys

Thomas Proudfoot

A teenager has been jailed for ten years for sex attacks on four young boys.

Thomas Proudfoot targeted his victims when he was aged just 16 and 17 and subjected them to shocking ordeals.

The now 18-year-old, of Market Street, Seaham, was convicted by a jury of 14 sexual assaults on four children, all aged under 13, after a trial last year.

One boy has been described as “not the same child as before” and it is feared all four victims could be “scarred for life” .

Prosecutor Andrew Espley told Newcastle Crown Court Proudfoot used “friendliness as a device to gain their trust so he could abuse them.”

Mr Espley added: “We simply don’t know how much harm this offending will have done to those four boys.

“We can’t know that until they are fully grown adults and beyond.”

Proudfoot was sentenced to ten years behind bars and told he must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.

He will be barred from working with children.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “What you did cannot be undone. The consequences, at this stage, cannot be anticipated.”