A child abuser has been jailed for five years after being found guilty of a string of indecent assaults on two young boys.
Andrew Burton, 45, abused the boys in a variety of ways and Teesside Crown Court heard the victims have been unable to get over what had happened to them.
One of the victims told the court he had ‘gone off the rails’, getting into trouble with the police, something which he blamed partly on the abuse he suffered as child.
Burton was found guilty of eight charges of sexual assault in a retrial after a jury earlier this year was unable to reach verdicts.
Prosecutor Paul Cleasby told the court the abuse happened more than 20 years ago.
“The defendant had a computer,” said Mr Cleasby. “As you may imagine, that was a big attraction at the time because not many children had them. “Games used to take a long time to load, and Burton used this time to abuse the two boys.
“He did this in a variety of ways.” Mr Cleasby added: “At the time the boys didn’t know if what was happening was right or wrong.
“The prosecution say Burton took advantage of their naivety. “The police were informed many years later.
“When interviewed, he told police he had not abused any boys.
“He said he was a late developer, and as a teenager he preferred the company of boys younger than himself.”
Burton, of Whitfield Drive, Hartlepool, denied eight charges of indecent assault of a child.
He was convicted of all charges after a trial lasting five days.
Child abuser locked up for indecent assaults on two young boys ROB FREETH 28 December 2017
BOSSIER CITY, La. - A Bossier City man is behind bars for committing sex crimes against a child under the age of 13.
On Wednesday 24-year-old Christopher George Keeling was arrested for first degree rape by detectives with the Bossier City Police Department’s Juvenile Unit.
Keeling was taken into custody following an investigation into a complaint that he had sexually assaulted the victim on multiple occasions over the past few months.
Keeling was booked into the Bossier City Jail and later transferred to the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility in Plain Dealing.
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