October 2008

‘Dangerous’ re-offending paedophile locked up for seven years

A ‘DANGEROUS’ sex offender has been jailed for seven years for a string of attacks on a young girl.

Leeds Crown Court heard John Fullylove (61), of the Yarborough area of Grimsby, repeatedly sexually touched and took advantage of the girl during a series of unpleasant and “very grave” attacks.

Fullylove – who has previous convictions for indecently assaulting two other girls – admitted 19 sex offences, including nine of indecent assault, six of assault by penetration and four of causing a child to watch acts of a sexual nature.

Prosecuting, John Topham, said Fulleylove repeatedly sexually touched and took advantage of the girl. He also showed her pornographic material on his computer.

The girl confided in a friend and later a teacher at school.

Mr Topham added: “When he was arrested, he denied any sexual abuse at all and said he was not interested in sexual activity at all at his stage in life.”

The court heard Fulleylove was given six month’s military detention in 1966 for indecently assaulting a young girl.

The sentence was imposed after a court Marshall because he was still in the forces at the time.

He was also given a suspended prison sentence in June 1973 after indecently assaulting a girl.

He had a conviction in 1974 for dishonesty.

Caroline Wigin , mitigating, said Fulleylove had “massive difficulties” in facing up to what he had done.

“Therapy may be successful for him,” she said.

Fulleylove had serious health problems and would be highly unlikely to seek out future victims.

He had to confess to his wife and she had found the offences “shockingand deeply disturbing”.

Judge Rodney Grant condemned the offences as “very grave” and decided that Fulleylove should be classed as a dangerous offender, especially because of his previous convictions for sex offences.

He added that children were entitled to look to adults for protection but Fulleylove had “abused that trust” and he had used the girl for his “own sexual purposes”.

Judge Grant said: “You effectively tried to silence her by saying that it was ‘our secret’ and, from then, you persistantly abused her.”

Fulleylove was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and was made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.