May 2022

Rapist pensioner told cancer lies to groom and sexually abuse two young girls

A twisted and perverted elderly man with a string of sex offences groomed and abused two young girls, leaving one victim suffering from nightmares and insomnia.

Raymond Paterson, 77, who had history for grooming young girls took advantage of his three victims and manipulated them after he had failed to change his ways following a “mercifully low” six-year prison sentence for raping another girl.

Creepy Paterson exploited the mother of two of his victims after the woman took pity on him after he told her that he had battled cancer, which she tried to help him with.

Paterson, from Hull, admitted two offences of sexual assault between March and November last year and four offences of breaching a sexual harm prevention order, between July and November

Louise Reevell, prosecuting, said that Paterson twice tapped the younger of the two girls on her bottom and told her to be a good girl, making her feel uncomfortable and causing her to run away from where he was.

On earlier occasions, he kissed his fingers and touched her face every day for more than a month. The incidents had left the girl suffering nightmares and finding it difficult to sleep

In separate incidents, Paterson sexually assaulted another girl after befriending her mother, who felt sorry for him and tried to help him after he told her that he had suffered cancer.

He grabbed and rubbed his hand on the girl’s chest area on three or four occasions and made sexualised remarks.

He also grabbed her face, rubbed her hand against his cheek and stroked her hair. She had been left suffering from anxiety.

Paterson allowed girls into his home in breach of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order made in July 2011 when he was jailed for six years for raping a girl under 13 and causing a girl to engage in sexual activity.

He had convictions for 15 previous offences, nine of which were sexual offences.

Judge John Thackray QC told Paterson: “In 2011, you received a mercifully low sentence of six years’ imprisonment for very serious offences, including the rape of a child under 13.

“Despite receiving that mercifully low sentence, you have gone on to commit further offences against children.

“I have no doubt, and the probation service have no doubt, that you represent a very high risk of causing sexual harm to children. During an eight-month period of 2021, you set about targeting young children.

“You set about befriending a woman who you knew had children. You were manipulative and dishonest in doing so.”

Paterson was jailed for three years after being branded a dangerous offender. He will be on extended licence of five years after his release from prison.

July 2011

Text snares child abuser

A security guard who sexually assaulted a young girl was brought to justice when she texted her mother about the abuse.

One text by the 11-year-old revealed the location of her diary, which detailed Raymond Paterson’s offending.

The 66-year-old, of 26th Avenue, north Hull, was jailed for six years by Recorder Simon Bourne-Arton QC.

The victim’s mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “I hope every day of his sentence feels like a life sentence to him.

“In my opinion, it is my daughter who has got the life sentence and not him.

“I don’t think the sentence is long enough for the shocking things he did.”

The woman was concerned about an initial message received from her daughter, which she sent because it was too difficult for her to talk about.

She said: “I asked her what was wrong and she sent another text saying ‘Mummy there’s a letter upstairs in my drawer’.

“I ran up the stairs and tried to find the letter.

“All I could hear was my heart beating and I searched her room frantically trying to find it.

“I then found her diary and started reading bits of it. I only needed to read two lines and I ran back downstairs and called the police.”

Paterson worked as a security guard and was responsible for guarding the Princes Royal Hospital in east Hull.

He pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual activity with a child on the day of his trial at Hull Crown Court.

The Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence on a count of rape.

The victim’s mother said: “The police were brilliant. She was ready to give evidence at the trial, but thankfully he pleaded guilty on the day it was due to start.

“She has been very brave and is hopefully now putting it behind her.”