September 2015

Kidderminster paedophile who sexually abused a child he was babysitting jailed for two years

A 44-YEAR-OLD Kidderminster paedophile has been jailed for two years after admitting indecently assaulting a little girl he was babysitting more than 20 years ago.

Jason Stokes, of Arley Close, had – since that attack – has notched up convictions for gross indecency with a child and attempted rape and was jailed for eight years in 2003, Worcester Crown Court heard.

Sentencing him for the babysitting attack, Judge Michael Cullum told him: “What you did was abhorrent.

“You were the babysitter and the child was defenceless.”

Graham Russell, prosecuting, said the little girl – now aged 30 – had been “terrified” and kept her eyes tightly shut, pretending to be asleep as Stokes pulled down the duvet cover and touched her intimately.

The girl told her parents next day and her mother reported it to police.

But Stokes’s mother went to the police and said the allegation had been made up and the investigation “stalled”, said Mr Russell.

He added that the victim, now grown up, raised the matter again after coming across Stokes in Kidderminster.

Judge Cullum told Stokes he would be on the sex offenders register for life.

January 2003

Prison for girl’s abuser

A MAN convicted of making two attempts to rape a young girl has been jailed for eight years at Worcester Crown Court.

Judge Robert Orme told the 31-year-old pervert: “This was a gross piece of abuse.

“The details were outlined graphically by her. Who knows the effect it is going to have on her.

“It may affect her permanently.”

A jury convicted Jason Stokes, of Lister Road, Kidderminster, of two counts of attempted rape, three of indecent assault and three of indecency with a child.

He was cleared of two rapes and one count of indecent assault.

Stokes, who was ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life, refused to stand to hear the judge’s comments.

He was manhandled to the cells by four security staff.

The jury of nine men and three women heard Stokes claim that his only contact with the victim was during bouts of play fighting.

He denied having fantasies about the girl, who is now 13.

He alleged she made up complaints.

But prosecutor David Iles said her behaviour at school changed because of the “dark secret” of abuse.

She also had nightmares and suffered from low self-esteem.

Stokes, who had two previous convictions for theft, was inadequate rather than “a dangerous sexual predator”, said Nicolas Cartwright, defending.

His girlfriend was expecting their first child in May but the long jail term would mean Stokes missing out on the birth and upbringing.

His convictions rule out responsibility for the care of any child in the future. “It is going to be a lifelong punishment.”

Mr Cartwright said Stokes would probably deny the offences in prison for some time to come but there was every expectation that once he had served his sentence he would pose no risk to children in the future.

The judge ordered Stokes’ licence period on release to be three years, adding: “I have to protect the public from you and ensure you undergo a programme of control.