Man jailed over his­toric sex attack and ‘sick’ images

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AMAN who com­mit­ted an his­toric sex­ual as­sault on a child has been jailed.

Ni­cholas Hen­shall, 42, of Hawthorn Way, Hurds­field, pleaded guilty to in­de­cent as­sault on a boy at Ch­ester Crown Court.

The crime dated back to the early 1990s.

Hen­shall also pleaded guilty to one charge of pos­sess­ing in­de­cent images and nine counts of mak­ing in­de­cent images.

He ad­mit­ted hav­ing 2,933 in­de­cent images and videos of chil­dren be­tween Oc­to­ber 7, 2011, and April 24, 2013.

Some of the images were classed as cat­e­gory A, the most se­vere.

Judge Ra­jeev Shetty sen­tenced Hen­shall to three years in pri­son.

In a state­ment the brave vic­tim, who was at court for the sen­tenc­ing, said: “The crime has caused me anx­i­ety and stress and a lot of anger over the years.

“My in­no­cence has been taken away. It ru­ined my child­hood.”

Michael O’Brien, de­fend­ing Hen­shall, said the in­de­cent as­sault was an iso­lated in­ci­dent and ‘not the most se­ri­ous’.

He also ac­cused the vic­tim of ‘ex­ag­ger­at­ing’ the im­pact of the crime.

But Judge Shetty re­jected Mr O’Brien’s claims.

He said: “The vic­tim was in­no­cent. When he was asleep you fon­dled him.

“It was sex­ual abuse to ful­fil your per­verted sex­ual de­sires.

“The vic­tim strug­gled to un­der­stand this vile act. It had a pro­found ef­fect on him.

“The in­no­cence of child­hood has been taken from him.

“He has gone through the hu­mil­i­a­tion and em­bar­rass­ment of deal­ing with this ex­pe­ri­ence. None of this is his fault. The blame lies at your door.

“Why you did this is un­ex­plained by you still to this day. But your sex­ual in­ter­est in young boys has en­dured.

“You were ar­rested and found with sex­ual images of chil­dren.

“I have seen some of th­ese images and quite frankly they are sick.

“The in­de­cent images in­volved very young, pre- pubescent chil­dren. You also used soft­ware to cover up your tracks.

“You have dif­fi­culty com­ing to terms with your sex­ual in­ter­est in chil­dren. You’ve done noth­ing to atone for this.”

Hen­shall was jailed for 28 months for the in­de­cent as­sault and eight months for the in­de­cent images charges.

He was also given an in­def­i­nite Sex­ual Harm Pre­ven­tion Or­der (SHPO), which pre­vents him from work­ing with chil­dren.

●● Ni­cholas Hen­shall pleaded guilty to in­de­cent as­sault and pos­sess­ing al­most 3,000 in­de­cent images and videos of chil­dren

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