August 2008

Man told probation officer of his sexual attraction to boy

A YOUNG man’s confession to the police that he was obsessively sexually attracted to a boy deeply troubled a Judge at Truro Crown Court 

Michael Gill, 19, who has been bailed to live with his grandparents in Illogan but whose home is in Gulval, near Penzance, pleaded guilty to an allegation of having sexually touched the boy in a narrow pathway leading from a school.

He also admitted two charges of having made indecent photographs of children.

Prosecutor Ron Ede said that Gill followed the boy and caught hold of him by his shoulders and arm.

The boy ran home, crying and upset, to his mother.

“There was no overtly sexual contact in the touching, but what makes it serious is the admitted intention of the defendant,” he explained.

“He told the police he had not intended to hurt the boy.

“But he gave a worrying account of having befriended him and indicated he had, to some extent, become obsessed by him. “

Gill said he had spoken to the boy five or six times and had given him a bar of chocolate.

He had watched him every day for a month and fantasised about him, which led to him masturbating.

He indicated his fantasy had involved having sex and he had wanted the boy to resist in some way.

Mr Ede said that Gill, an intelligent young man with no previous matters recorded against him, accepted he knew what he had done was wrong.

He said he would have taken the boy somewhere with a view to engaging in some form of sexual behaviour.

There was another contact between them about two weeks later when he told the boy: “I am going to get you.”

But for these matters, said Mr Ede, the indecent photographs were at the bottom of the scale and would probably have been dealt with by way of a caution and requirement to sign the register of sex offenders.

The situation had become serious in a short space of time as a probation officer had, unusually, reported Gill stating he had made contact with another boy.

That matter was yet to be investigated by the police.

Judge Paul Darlow described Gill’s admissions as “troubling” and said the question of dangerousness would have to be investigated.

Robin Smith, defending, suggested the admissions were a cry for help, adding that Gill’s parents wanted him to receive help.