November 2010

Man admits groping boy and goes to jail

A CAMBRIDGE man who indecently assaulted a teenager must serve six months in prison and be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Derek Croxon, 38, pleaded guilty to two charges of indecently assaulting a teenage boy in 1998.

The attacks only came to light in June this year after the victim’s girlfriend told his mother.

Croxon, formerly of Victoria Road, admitted groping the boy on two occasions and during police interviews made a number of other admissions not brought up by the victim.

Sally Hobson, defending, said Croxon could not explain why he had committed the offences.

“He cannot account for his behaviour but is aware of the damage caused to a large number of people,” she said.

“He has no history of offending in this way.”

Ms Hobson added Croxon also had a long-standing problem with alcohol and suffered memory distortion and loss as a result.

Judge Jonathan Haworth, sentencing Croxon at Cambridge Crown Court, said: “This was a disturbing development in your sexual activity.”

He gave Croxon to a 12-month custodial sentence, ordering that he serve six months of it in jail, and gave him a supervised three-year extended licence in which time he must complete a programme for sex offenders.

Croxon has three days following his release from prison to sign on the sex offenders’ register and will remain on it indefinitely.