North Yorkshire child abuser gets fives years after courageous victim informs authorities two decades on (From The Northern Echo)
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North Yorkshire child abuser gets fives years after courageous victim informs authorities two decades on
A CHILD abuser who got away with his crimes for almost two decades was yesterday jailed for five years after his victim plucked up the courage to report his sickening attacks.
William Redhouse was also ordered to sign on the sex offenders' register for life and was banned indefinitely from having unsupervised contact with females aged under under 18.
His perverted past emerged after his victim - who agonised for most of her life about revealing the secret - learned that he had married a teacher and was about to become a father.
She contacted the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and the police to tell them she had been indecently assaulted by Redhouse from the age of eight.
Redhouse, who has lived in Stokesley and Skipton, North Yorkshire, in the past, moved to Oxfordshire in 2007 to start a new life, and was arrested at his home in Abingdon last year.
His lawyer Lesley Goodman told Teesside Crown Court that the IT consultant struggled to cope with the divorce of his parents when he was a teenager and behaved badly.
Ms Goodman said he had few friends and spent hours alone in his bedroom playing computer games, was bullied at school and had "great difficulties" with stress and emotion.
She described Redhouse's guilty pleas - which saved his victim having to relive her childhood ordeal in public by giving evidence - as " a brave and courageous decision".
"He is fully accepting of his guilt, and, in that sense, it reduces his risk of reoffending in the future," said Ms Goodman. "The regret and remorse he has shown is genuine."
Bespectacled and smartly-dressed Redhouse, of Campion Road, Abingdon, admitted seven charges of indecent assault and two of sexual assault at an earlier court hearing.
Judge George Moorhouse told him yesterday: "You are now married with a child, and, no doubt, the sentence I pass is going to have a material affect on them.
"You plead guilty at a very early stage and full credit will be given for that. Hitherto, you are a man of good character. It is clear you are a hard-working young man."
The court heard how his victim ignored repeated pleas from former boyfriends to tell the authorities about her abusive past, and still has difficulty forming relationships.