June 2022

County Durham pervert jailed for 17 years for rape and sexual assault

A pervert has been jailed for 17 years for raping and indecently assaulting a girl.

Gary Atkinson, 53, of Alexander Street, Pelton, County Durham was found guilty after refusing to admit he carried out the offences

Atkinson was found guilty after trial of two charges of indecency with a child, two charges of indecent assault and two charges of rape after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Atkinson carried out attacks against his young victim in the selfish pursuit of his own sexual gratification. Throughout that time, he committed multiple offences against his victim, the trauma of which has had a pronounced effect on her mental health that has followed her into her adult life.