Jail for 72-year-old man who abused girl and ‘told her it was naughty’
A 72-year-old South Cerney man has been jailed for almost seven years for sexually abusing an underage girl on several occasions.
Paul Hurrell, of The Leonards, pleaded guilty to committing seven sex offences against the girl on various dates between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012.
Gloucester Crown Court heard that when the girl told a group of friends about what Hurrell had done to him they got together and confronted him – and he made partial admissions.
Christopher Smyth prosecuting said: “The victim has stated that the offending started when she complained of being ill with tummy ache.
“Hurrell volunteered to sooth by stroking her stomach. But soon his hands started wondering.
“He later told her it was naughty and she should not tell anybody about it. She thought it was a one-off event.”
The court was told, however, that a month later he abused her again and even bought sex toys for her to use.
Smyth said: “She told a friend about the abuse and a gang of her friends went to confront Hurrell. He partially admitted to them that he had touched the girl.
“In her victim statement she says that these incidents sent her off the rails and her behaviour meant she had to leave the family home and effectively lived off the streets for a period.
“She felt trapped, worthless and powerless to do anything about it.
“She is now an adult and she doesn’t like any form of physical contact and she feels she cannot express her love to anyone. She recalls these events as a horrific period in her life.”
Judge Ian Lawrie QC said: “The girl is a victim of grooming behaviour, being as she was a vulnerable individual. It’s obvious the victim is still living with this trauma.
“Hurrell has issues over what he has done. The length of sentence I am considering is significant.”
Judge Lawrie said to Hurrell: “At the time of these offences you would have been in your mid-60s. You’ve admitted to a variety of sexual offences with a child. You even produced a bag of sex toys for her and you indulged in this behaviour for over two years. You took advantage of her vulnerability.
“You have caused an emotional ricochet to the victim. You have pleaded guilty sparing this woman from giving evidence in this court.”
Judge Lawrie sentenced Hurrell to six years and nine months in prison, placed him on the sex offenders register for life and imposed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.