April 2009

Paedophile who filmed assaults jailed

A pervert who recorded himself carrying out numerous indecent assaults on a young boy has been jailed for seven years.

Shaun Rawlinson, 41, of Summerhouse Way, Abbots Langley, pleaded guilty to 20 counts of indecent assault on a child and making indecent photographs of a child.

The victim, now in his teens said he was given alcohol and cannabis by his attacker, however in the basis of his plea Rawlinson denied he plied the boy with drink or drugs.

Judge Marie Catterson said at a previous hearing it was difficult to imagine a boy could sleep though some of the depraved acts Rawlinson recorded himself doing without being under the influence of something.

She said: “The issue is whether the young boy slept through what was being done to him or whether he was induced to some deeper or comatose state.”

If it could be proved Rawlinson gave the boy the substances he could have expected a longer custodial sentence, the judge said.

However, the prosecution was not able to prove Rawlinson had induced the boy into a stupor and so the matter was dropped.

During a police raid recordings of the victim being abused with graphic titles relating to his underwear were discovered on video tapes.

Rawlinson had previous convictions for theft and possession of cannabis and ecstasy dated between 1989 and 1996, which pre-dated the sex offences, but nothing of a similar nature.

At St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday along with the seven-year prison sentence Judge Catterson ordered Rawlinson sign on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

He will be released on licence after serving half the sentence. 201 days spent on remand will count towards the sentence.