July 2022

Predatory Hartlepool paedophile jailed for 25 years for catalogue of sex abuse against four children

A predatory paedophile from Hartlepool has been jailed for 25 years for a catalogue of abuse against four victims.

Mark Sorby, 45, was found guilty of 16 sexual offences assault against four females when they were children after a trial at Teesside Crown Court last month.

The abuse involved him touching and molesting the victims in a sexual nature, some of which involved force, over a period of about nine years.

Sorby got away with it for years after telling his victims not to tell anyone.

When one did report it, she was not believed.

But he was convicted when each of his victims gave evidence against him at court and the jury saw through his lies.

All of the survivors of Sorby’s abuse have suffered psychological harm.

One attended Monday’s sentencing and read out an impact statement while Sorby listened over a videolink from prison.

She said: “I have nightmares about what Mark did to me and have previously tried to kill myself.

“This traumatic ordeal has affected my full life. No one deserves to be sexually assaulted and no one deserves not to be believed.”

Another survivor wrote: “You made me feel completely worthless. I cry myself to sleep at night.

“You robbed me of the best years of my life.”

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said during one sex assault that Sorby dragged and pinned the victim down.

Afterwards he told her: “Nobody will believe you if you tell.”

Jailing Sorby, of Ettrick Walk, Hartlepool, Judge Howard Crowson said: “You are quite obviously a predatory paedophile.

“You are entirely to blame. The offences were carefully carried out so you would not bring suspicion on yourself.

“You clearly have caused a great deal of harm.”

Judge Crowson also sentenced Sorby, who he described as “an offender of particular concern”, to two and a half years extended supervision when he is eventually released.