Sex act grandad blamed child vic­tim for his crimes

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AGRANDFATHER who per­formed sex acts in front of a child branded the young vic­tim a ‘sex­ual preda­tor’, a court heard.

The court was told Wayne Mid­dle­ton’s vic­tim was left dis­tressed by the or­deal.

Mid­dle­ton, 55, of An­gus Walk, Mac­cles­field, de­nied any wrong­do­ing un­til the day of the trial in May, and in fact claimed the vic­tim was at fault.

But Mid­dle­ton even­tu­ally ad­mit­ted two charges of en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity in the pres­ence of a child at Ch­ester Crown Court and was jailed for 21 months.

The court heard that Mid­dle­ton con­sid­ered the vic­tim a ‘sex­ual preda­tor’.

Sen­tenc­ing Mid­dle­ton Judge Raj Shetty said: “I still don’t know why you put blame on the vic­tim. She was and still is a child, no more, no less.

“Chil­dren are vul­ner­a­ble and must be pro­tected from the sex­ual in­ter­est of adults.

“Ev­ery­one should know these bound­aries, and you crossed that line twice so se­ri­ously that im­me­di­ate cus­tody is jus­ti­fied.”

The court heard that the tim told her mother the de­fen­dant had ex­posed him­self and also showed her an in­de­cent pic­ture on his mo­bile phone.

Mr Whitty said: “She was de­scribed as very up­set and was cry­ing.

“She later told po­lice Mid­dle­ton told her not to tell her mother and gave her money.”

Ni­cholas Clarke, de­fend­ing, said un­til the day of the trial Mid­dle­ton con­sid­ered the vic­tim a ‘sex­ual preda­tor’ and said it was all her fault.

He said: “When pre­sented with the strength of the ev­i­dence and con­scious that the vic­tim was in the same build­ing, he ad­mit­ted the of­fences to pre­vent her from hav­ing to re­view and re­hearse her or­deal.

“It was like he was see­ing and hear­ing him­self for the first time.

“He is ashamed of his be­hav­iour. Noth­ing like this has hap­pened be­fore.

“There is no predilec­tion for young chil­dren.

“He has a lib­eral at­ti­tude to sex­u­al­ity and sex­ual in­ter­course.

“He con­sid­ered her sex­u­ally aware and that he could cross that line.”

Mid­dle­ton was or­dered to sign the sex of­fend­ers register for 10 years and was given a Sex­ual Harm Preven­tion Or­der ban­ning him from any con­tact with chil­dren.

●● Wayne Mid­dle­ton has been jailed for 21 months af­ter twice per­form­ing sex acts in front of a girl, then brand­ing her a ‘sex­ual preda­tor’

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