August 2011

Abuser was ‘in denial’

A MAN who sexually abused three young girls has been jailed indefinitely.

David Evans, 39, was given an indeterminate sentence at Leeds Crown Court after Judge Penelope Belcher said he posed a serious danger to children.

Evans, formerly of Stonefield Street, Cleckheaton, was found guilty by a jury of five sexual assaults on three girls under 16.

He pleaded guilty to 10 offences of making indecent photographs of children.

Police officers found 347 images on his computer when they arrested him.

Prosecutor Adrian Strong said the victims had suffered anxiety and nightmares since the offences.

Rebecca Young, mitigating, said Evans was in denial about committing the abuse.

Judge Belcher said at Monday’s hearing Evans had caused his victims serious psychological harm.

She said he would be a risk to children if he continued to deny the offences as he would not be able to attend a sex offender treatment programme unless he accepted his guilt.

He was ordered to go on the sex offenders’ register for life and must serve a minimum of eight years in prison before he can apply for release.

Det Chief Insp Andy White from Kirklees Police said: “Evans committed a number of despicable crimes against young and vulnerable children and I feel the court has reflected this in the sentence he has received.

“Both physically and over the internet, he gained the trust of his victims and then abused this trust for his own perverse ends.

“I hope the punishment handed by the court allows the victims to move on with their lives and I would like to thank them, their families and the community for their courage in supporting this investigation.”