August 2010

Eastbourne sex attacked molested victims after early release

A sex attacker molested two underage victims just months after his early release from prison for rape.

Paul Aucock, 36, served less than 18 months of a 30-month sentence for raping a woman in 2004 and was still on licence when he started abusing a 13-year-old girl in 2006.

The abuse continued for two years and he later had sex with a 15-year-old girl which she insisted was non-consensual.

Yesterday, Judge Anthony Guy, who jailed him in 2004, sent him back to prison, telling him he would serve a minimum four years before he could be considered for parole.

But his victims, who were at Lewes Crown Court for yesterday’s (TUES) hearing, criticised the sentences and called for tough new laws to protect the public from known sex offenders.

His sobbing rape victim said: “I am so angry, that is not nearly enough. He served less than two years for what he did to me and he was able to prey on two innocent girls when he was released, right under the noses of the probation services who were supposed to be watching him.

“He is a devious, dangerous man who knows how to work the system. The judge’s hands were tied and he gave the maximum sentence possible. But that man could be out in less than four years and he will do it again.”

Aucock, an unemployed drifter from Eastbourne, admitted five counts of sexual assault on the younger girl between 2006 and 2009 and having sex with the 15-year-old in 2009.

The court was told he was placed on the Sexual Offences Register and ordered to undergo a relapse prevention programme when he was released early on licence from his rape sentence in 2006.

He was ordered to inform police of each change of address as he moved around the country.

Probation services reported being “disappointed” that he failed to finish the relapse prevention course, the court was told.

He later told them he did not feel he had done anything wrong.

Judge Guy told him: “You failed to complete the relapse prevention programme. While you were undergoing that group work you were behaving in this criminal way.

“I am entirely satisfied that you do pose a significant risk of committing further offences.

“I would have imposed a period of 12 years in prison. I have to give you credit for your plea of guilty so this is reduced from 12 to eight years.”

He said Aucock would serve four years before he could be considered for parole, but would be subject to an indefinite Sex Offenders Prevention Order banning him from unsupervised contact with any girl aged 11 to 16, and banned him from working with young people.

A spokeswoman for Victim Support said: “It’s really important that there are appropriate safeguards in place and that they are followed through when someone is released from prison, including measures to monitor and supervise those released early, to reduce the risk of re-offending.”