April 2022

Paedophile who showed ‘no remorse’ for abusing a young child

A child has been left with “untold trauma” after being sexually assaulted and subjected to cruelty.

Ashley Stephen Grime sexually molested the boy and he suffered an injury which required medical treatment. He was also verbally abusive towards the victim and threatened physical abuse.

He carried out the offences in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and they were reported to officers in June 2020.

The victim himself had disclosed that he had been repeatedly sexually touched by the defendant. The child also suffered a related injury which was bleeding and required medical treatment.

The victim said Grime had told him not to tell anyone about the touching. Grime also tried to pass off the injury as an accident, saying it was possibly caused by a trouser zip or sharp-edged item of furniture.

The investigation also uncovered evidence of child cruelty, including Grime being verbally abusive towards the child, making him watch a horror film and threatening physical abuse.

Grime denied three counts of sexual assault on a child aged under 13, four counts of child cruelty, and one count of witness intimidation but he was found guilty by a jury following a trial.

On Friday, he was sentenced at York Crown Court in York to 11 years behind bars. He was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The court was told that Grime has not shown a shred of remorse for what he had done