August 2023

Jail for child rapist over sexual abuse of girl in Banbury

A paedophile who told the young girl he repeatedly molested ‘that’s what grown-ups do and like it’ has been jailed for 14 years.

Robin Young, now 40, subjected the primary school aged girl to years of sexual abuse including when her infant brother was present, with a probation officer concluding that the assaults became ‘normalised’ in the man’s mind.

The court was told that the former accountant who turned to running a website selling gym equipment and hosting what was referred to during the trial as running ‘clickbait’-style articles

Young continues to maintain his innocence.

Citing a pre-sentence report authored by a member of the probation service, judge Recorder John Ryder KC said: “It is plain from all that he says that you have shown absolutely no insight into the effect that your conduct has had upon the victim.

“Indeed, you consider yourself to have been victimised by the current proceedings.

“The author of the pre-sentence report observed, and here I quote: ‘I do not know whether Mr Young understood the harm he was causing the victim or whether he did not care about the harm he was causing her.

“‘I think,’ he says, ‘it more likely than not that Mr Young simply did not care.’”

Jailing for 14 years and adding an additional year under the supervision of the probation service on licence, the judge said: “You utilised your apparent respectability, responsibility and reliability to gain the trust of the victim’s mother, which afforded you the opportunities during which the abuse occurred.”

Young was convicted in February of six counts related to the sexual abuse of the girl, including charges of rape.

He had confessed his interest in young girls to his then partner, a woman unknown to his victim, in the mid-2010s after she discovered he had searched Google for unsettling images of children.

Summarising what the defendant had told his girlfriend, Recorder Ryder said on Friday: “You said you couldn’t help it and there was no help for people who felt like that.”

When Young’s then partner found an organisation specialising in therapy for those with a deviant interest in underage girls, he objected to going on a course as he took issue with the firm’s use of the term ‘non-offending paedophiles’.

The judge glared at the defendant from the bench as he told him: “You denied the offences to the police despite your admissions to your partner.

“You persisted in your denials throughout the trial. As a result of that, the victim had to relive the experiences publicly years after the event.

“You persist in your denials to this day.”

Young, of Grimsbury Square, Bodicote, had no previous convictions. He must abide by a sexual harm prevention order and remain on the sex offender register for life.