Hol­i­day fam­i­lies preyed on by child sex at­tacker

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AMAN who abused young girls af­ter be­friend­ing their fam­i­lies at a hol­i­day car­a­van park has been jailed for seven years.

Barry John Hop­cutt, was found guilty of three counts of en­gag­ing chil­dren un­der 13 in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity by a jury fol­low­ing a trial.

Hop­cutt, of Beech­wood Mews in Tyther­ing­ton, owned a car­a­van at a park in An­gle­sey and would offer fam­i­lies trips in a boat he kept nearby.

A judge at the court in Wales de­scribed Hop­cutt, who worked for Monarch air­lines at Manch­ester Air­port, as a ‘preda­tory in­di­vid­ual’ who gained trust and abused it.

Det Con Shona Camp­bell, of Caernar­fon CID, said: “Hop­cutt is a sex­ual preda­tor who ex­ploited fam­i­lies who be­friended him while hol­i­day­ing in North Wales so he could tar­get and abuse their chil­dren.”

Dur­ing the trial in Wales, Hop­cutt claimed the al­le­ga­tions made against him by three young girls were false. He was ac­quit­ted of a fourth charge.

l● Barry Hop­cutt has been jailed for seven years

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