Gateshead paedophile jailed for life for horrific sex attacks on three children
Depraved and dangerous paedophile Ian Tague has been jailed for life for subjecting three children to sickening sex attacks.
The Gateshead pervert subjected the youngsters to shocking attacks which have left them traumatised. Tague, who continues to protest his innocence, was found guilty of 25 offences, including child rapes, after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
The court heard he used a range of methods to carry out the abuse, including games of truth or dare and paying cash and he emotionally manipulated them to try to keep them quiet about what he was doing.
Now he has been jailed for life and was told he must serve at least 20 years behind bars before he has any hope of parole.
One of his victims wrote to the judge saying: “I want you to know how sometimes I try to go to sleep but can’t because when I close my eyes all I see is Ian. I now have panic attacks because of the things that happened and my mental health has been really bad.”
Sentencing him, Judge Christopher Prince told him: “You are aggressive, manipulative and extremely controlling. On many occasions you indulged your perversions at virtually every given opportunity and displayed a high degree of depravity. You clearly delighted in devising diverse forms of sexual activity.
“You have a deeply engrained sexual fascination with children and are wholly incapable of resisting whatever sexual impulses that may arise in your mind.”
The judge added: “At trial I had an opportunity to form a view of your character. You are unpleasantly confrontational and manipulative. I’ve watched you through the prosecution opening and you have sat there shaking your head, in denial of the offences you committed.
“The fact is (the victims) told the truth. You are the one who lied. The jury saw through your lies and accepted so they were sure the evidence of (the victims”.
As well as the life sentence, Tague has to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely and was given a restraining order forbidding contact with the victims.
Tony Cornberg, defending, said Tague has already been in custody a year and is “yet to come to terms with” his convictions.
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