September 2010

Prison term for Fenham paedophile McMullen

HE subjected two children to years of rape and abuse.

But now vile paedophile Aron McMullen is facing a future behind bars.

The 36-year-old was handed an indefinite prison sentence after a judge heard how he groomed and raped a teenage boy and sexually assaulted a schoolgirl.

And today a detective who helped bring the vile sex attacker to justice branded him “evil”.

Det Con Carol Dowson, who led the investigation into McMullen’s horrific crimes, said: “McMullen is an evil man who carried out despicable offences on his victims, and I’m pleased he is now where he belongs – behind bars.”

Newcastle Crown Court heard how McMullen, of Fenham, Newcastle, abused the girl when she was below the age of 11.

Judge John Milford heard how the abuse came to light when the youngster told a member of her family what he had been doing to her.

And it was only after police launched an investigation into these attacks that McMullen’s other victim, a teenage boy confided in a friend about the vile and persistent rapes he had suffered.

Penny Moreland, prosecuting, explained: “He told a family friend by putting a message on the screen of his phone which said: ‘He raped me when I was younger, don’t say owt’.”

The youngster then told police how McMullen began to abuse him in 2006. He started grooming him by offering him “sex education”. But this quickly escalated into sexual abuse, and then rape.

He would carry out his sick attacks while watching a porn video, regularly raping him until he was 18.

McMullen pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault of a child, in respect of the girl, and five counts of rape.

Peter Schofield, defending, explained how McMullen had been extremely damaged by his horrendous childhood, during which he was verbally and physically abused, and even sold for sex.

“He has suffered abuse in many forms and descended into a rent boy status,” he said.

Judge Milford sentenced him to an indefinite sentence for public protection, with a minimum of seven years.

This means he can not be released until a parole board determines he is no longer a danger to the public.

McMullen was also ordered to sign onto the sex offenders’ register for life.

The judge said: “I’m satisfied that you are a dangerous offender and the only sentence that is appropriate is imprisonment for public protection.

“I hope that when you are serving your sentence your sexual problems will be addressed by the professionals so the risk of you re-offending is reduced.”

After the hearing Det Con Dowson praised McMullen’s victims for their bravery in coming forward and reporting the abuse.

“The victims have been extremely brave throughout this investigation and I hope the sentence passed by the court enables them to get some closure and move forward with their lives,” she said.

“No one should have to suffer at the hands of vile perpetrators such as McMullen and I’d encourage anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence to contact us and we’ll do everything we can to support you and bring the offender to justice.”