September 2019

Paedophile jailed for horrific campaign of sexual assault against boy

A paedophile has been jailed for a horrific campaign of sexual assault, in which he injected a boy with steroids while grooming him for sex.

John Carter, 39, from Wigan, would inject testosterone into the boy’s shoulders and bottom, while sexually abusing him over a two-year period.

He preyed on his victim, befriending him at a gym and pretending to help him weight train, while buying him clothes and giving him money, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Teachers and family became suspicious when the boy developed ‘the body of a man’ and had become aggressive.

Carter paid another child £50 to take a blood test clear of steroids, in his victim’s name, in a bid to allay the other boy’s parent’s fears.

The former fruit and veg seller, of Bolton Road, Aspull, was jailed for 10 years after he was convicted last month of six counts of sexual activity with a child.

In a victim statement, the youngster said he ‘wasn’t supposed to be the person I am now’.

He said the abuse left him feeling worthless and that he has no happy memories of his teenage years.

The court heard the victim is now receiving medication and counselling.

Neil Bisarya, prosecuting, told the court the boy would sleep over at Carter’s home, which he shared with his partner.

He said the victim felt ‘compelled’ to allow Carter to inject him with testosterone, such was the hold he had over him.

Carter would molest the child during ‘play fights’ and also shave the youngster’s body, with the sexual assaults becoming progressively more serious.

In a statement, the boy’s mother said she had a ‘gut feeling something was not right’, but did not suspect Carter had a ‘hidden, disgusting agenda’.

“It has broken us,” she added.

“Nothing is ever going to be the same. The defendant took the life we had as a family.”

The mother and other family members wept and hugged each other in the public gallery as Carter was sent down.

Jailing him, Judge Michael Leeming said: “Your behaviour was progressive and it was persistent.”

Carter, who made no reaction as he was jailed, was also given an extended licence for six years after his release and will be on the sex offenders register indefinitely.