Stokesley businessman jailed for 15 years over 1970's schoolgirl rape

Jailed for 15 years:  Leonard Wilson

Jailed for 15 years: Leonard Wilson

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A WEALTHY businessman is starting a 15-year prison sentence for abusing a schoolgirl four decades ago.

Leonard Wilson was told by a Teesside Crown Court judge that he had robbed his victim of her childhood.

The company director denied repeatedly raping the youngster at his home in North Yorkshire in the 1970s.

He was convicted after a trial, and was told by Judge Michael Taylor: "You did it for your selfish gratification."

Wilson, now aged 69, of Tamebridge, Stokesley, was also put on the sex offenders' register for life.

Judge Taylor told him that his victim had suffered "immense personal consequences" because of his abuse.

Wilson confessed to having sex with the girl, but claimed it was consensual and she was over the age of 16.

The prosecution case was that she was several years younger, and was left too afraid to come forward at the time.

The court heard how she later turned to alcohol to cope and embarked on a series of unsuitable relationships.

After receiving encouragement from her family, the victim plucked up the courage to go to the police last year.

Divorcee Wilson was accused of "trying to laugh it off" by prosecutor Paul Cleasby during the week-long trial.

Before the case started, Judge Taylor gave the jury of seven women and five men a stern warning about it.

He said: "You will all be aware that there have been a number of high-profile cases taking place recently involving old allegations of sexual misconduct.

"They have got nothing whatsoever to do with this case, and you should not be influenced by what may or may not have been happening in them.

"Cases like this stir emotion, but there is no place for emotion. This is not a court of morals. It is a fact-finding mission."

Wilson was found guilty of two specimen charges of rape, and cleared of three other sexual allegations.

His lawyer, Robert Mochrie, said Wilson, who was the boss of fabrication, container and printing companies and has a property in Cyprus, would find life in prison difficult.

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5:44pm Mon 17 Mar 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

NO SYMPATHY what so ever, but blimey, 40 years ago and just being done now, this Savile thing really has caused a lot of people to come forward and want to talk about it.
NO SYMPATHY what so ever, but blimey, 40 years ago and just being done now, this Savile thing really has caused a lot of people to come forward and want to talk about it. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 1

5:48pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Indeed it has - and when the are real victims (as in this case) that is to be welcomed. However, when they are merely publicity (andmoney) seeking 'wannabes' as has also been the case they devalue the justice system and take resources away from those who need help. The 'false rape' criers should be named and shamed - in the same way as the men accused (whether then foundguilty or not guilty) are.
Indeed it has - and when the are real victims (as in this case) that is to be welcomed. However, when they are merely publicity (andmoney) seeking 'wannabes' as has also been the case they devalue the justice system and take resources away from those who need help. The 'false rape' criers should be named and shamed - in the same way as the men accused (whether then foundguilty or not guilty) are. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 8

6:47pm Mon 17 Mar 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Indeed it has - and when the are real victims (as in this case) that is to be welcomed. However, when they are merely publicity (andmoney) seeking 'wannabes' as has also been the case they devalue the justice system and take resources away from those who need help. The 'false rape' criers should be named and shamed - in the same way as the men accused (whether then foundguilty or not guilty) are.
The one thing that has been noted, is that the Crown Prosecution Service admit that 98%of these historic victims have applied for compensation after winning their case.
Strange that ? I thought they would just be happy seeing the perpetrator sentenced, they must want to donate money to a good cause.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Indeed it has - and when the are real victims (as in this case) that is to be welcomed. However, when they are merely publicity (andmoney) seeking 'wannabes' as has also been the case they devalue the justice system and take resources away from those who need help. The 'false rape' criers should be named and shamed - in the same way as the men accused (whether then foundguilty or not guilty) are.[/p][/quote]The one thing that has been noted, is that the Crown Prosecution Service admit that 98%of these historic victims have applied for compensation after winning their case. Strange that ? I thought they would just be happy seeing the perpetrator sentenced, they must want to donate money to a good cause. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 18

9:05pm Mon 17 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

no einstein why shouldnt these vitims be compensated after having their lives ruined. many on here (all male) dont even think these historic cases should be even investigated. Shamefull.
no einstein why shouldnt these vitims be compensated after having their lives ruined. many on here (all male) dont even think these historic cases should be even investigated. Shamefull. punkrocker
  • Score: -7

11:47pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Colcat says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Indeed it has - and when the are real victims (as in this case) that is to be welcomed. However, when they are merely publicity (andmoney) seeking 'wannabes' as has also been the case they devalue the justice system and take resources away from those who need help. The 'false rape' criers should be named and shamed - in the same way as the men accused (whether then foundguilty or not guilty) are.
How do you know which, if any at all, of those who have reported allegations of historic asexual abuse and/or rape against any of the celebrities "are merely publicity (andmoney) seeking 'wannabes'"? Do you personally know them all, or any of them for that matter? Or are you just judging them on your own selfish, hateful, bigoted, money grabbing beliefs? (I am basing this opinion on your many comments on here which demonstrate exactly that.) The fact that a celebrity, or anyone else, may have been found not guilty of the charge does not mean they did not do it, it could mean that they had a better barrister, that they didn't come across as a credible witness for whatever reason, or many other reasons. It may be because several of the jurors held your opinion that they were just out for publicity and compo and sod any evidence that was presented! (Yes, that really is how you come across!) On the subject of compensation, how do you know that this was the reason for coming forwards and putting themselves through many interviews and a trial?The simple fact is that you are making this up as well. You simply do not know any facts about these people that haven't been filtered through your bigoted mind by the bigoted media that you consume. Shame on you.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Indeed it has - and when the are real victims (as in this case) that is to be welcomed. However, when they are merely publicity (andmoney) seeking 'wannabes' as has also been the case they devalue the justice system and take resources away from those who need help. The 'false rape' criers should be named and shamed - in the same way as the men accused (whether then foundguilty or not guilty) are.[/p][/quote]How do you know which, if any at all, of those who have reported allegations of historic asexual abuse and/or rape against any of the celebrities "are merely publicity (andmoney) seeking 'wannabes'"? Do you personally know them all, or any of them for that matter? Or are you just judging them on your own selfish, hateful, bigoted, money grabbing beliefs? (I am basing this opinion on your many comments on here which demonstrate exactly that.) The fact that a celebrity, or anyone else, may have been found not guilty of the charge does not mean they did not do it, it could mean that they had a better barrister, that they didn't come across as a credible witness for whatever reason, or many other reasons. It may be because several of the jurors held your opinion that they were just out for publicity and compo and sod any evidence that was presented! (Yes, that really is how you come across!) On the subject of compensation, how do you know that this was the reason for coming forwards and putting themselves through many interviews and a trial?The simple fact is that you are making this up as well. You simply do not know any facts about these people that haven't been filtered through your bigoted mind by the bigoted media that you consume. Shame on you. Colcat
  • Score: 0

1:32am Tue 18 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Colcat - you can't have it both ways. If you accept that the courts are right to have found this man guilty (as you we both seem to do from our respective posts) then we are expressing some form of ‘faith in the system’. Application of the same logic has therefore to mean that we must both accept that the courts were right to find other accused men innocent. I know the rabid left would like all wasps to be guilty of everything that is wrong with the world but we are not (though we do fund most of the world). There may be occasions when a jury gets it wrong - perhaps they did in this case - rather than the ones you mention – but we simply do not know. So we can either attempt to sustain an argument that ‘the court got it wrong this time coz I don’t like the outcome’ (my apologies if I haven’t quite mastered your tone in that comment, or we can accept that in a majority of case if a man is found innocent he is, by the process of law, the wronged party - he has had his life ruined and gets no compensation for it. In contrast if the real victim is the person bringing the allegation they (quite rightly) get compensation from the man rightly found guilty. In the interests of equality those who are, from a legal perspective, wrongly accused should be given compensation – whether they are the person bringing the prosecution or the accused.
Now, as for the personal comments - no I do not know all the victims - neither do you - therefore we both have to put some form of faith in 'the system' (as you seem to do in cases where celebs are found guilty but not in cases where they are not). We may not like the results but at least one can apply a consistent logic. Second, the idea that I have 'money grabbing beliefs' is a nonsense - evidenced not only by the fact that I have never sought compensation when a wronged party (for instance an injury claim) and by the fact that I am a net contributor to the state. Bigoted - no - I care not a jot as to the colour, creed, or orientation of people - rather I see full equality as a system that enables a celebration of differences that are all equal (but distinct) to each other. Costs - yes a celebrity may have had a better barrister – then again he may not. Further, I rather suspect that as a general rule the CPS has access to more funds - it is after all funded by the government not just one person. As for why people come forward - there can be a plethora of reasons and one of them has to be the potential to 'get rich quick' - there are benefits cheats (or would you disagree) so it would also be logical to assume that there are justice cheats who seek to play the system to see what they can get out of it.
And as for ‘shame on me’ – do try to think of something a little more original and less passé. Toodlepip, VOR.
Colcat - you can't have it both ways. If you accept that the courts are right to have found this man guilty (as you we both seem to do from our respective posts) then we are expressing some form of ‘faith in the system’. Application of the same logic has therefore to mean that we must both accept that the courts were right to find other accused men innocent. I know the rabid left would like all wasps to be guilty of everything that is wrong with the world but we are not (though we do fund most of the world). There may be occasions when a jury gets it wrong - perhaps they did in this case - rather than the ones you mention – but we simply do not know. So we can either attempt to sustain an argument that ‘the court got it wrong this time coz I don’t like the outcome’ (my apologies if I haven’t quite mastered your tone in that comment, or we can accept that in a majority of case if a man is found innocent he is, by the process of law, the wronged party - he has had his life ruined and gets no compensation for it. In contrast if the real victim is the person bringing the allegation they (quite rightly) get compensation from the man rightly found guilty. In the interests of equality those who are, from a legal perspective, wrongly accused should be given compensation – whether they are the person bringing the prosecution or the accused. Now, as for the personal comments - no I do not know all the victims - neither do you - therefore we both have to put some form of faith in 'the system' (as you seem to do in cases where celebs are found guilty but not in cases where they are not). We may not like the results but at least one can apply a consistent logic. Second, the idea that I have 'money grabbing beliefs' is a nonsense - evidenced not only by the fact that I have never sought compensation when a wronged party (for instance an injury claim) and by the fact that I am a net contributor to the state. Bigoted - no - I care not a jot as to the colour, creed, or orientation of people - rather I see full equality as a system that enables a celebration of differences that are all equal (but distinct) to each other. Costs - yes a celebrity may have had a better barrister – then again he may not. Further, I rather suspect that as a general rule the CPS has access to more funds - it is after all funded by the government not just one person. As for why people come forward - there can be a plethora of reasons and one of them has to be the potential to 'get rich quick' - there are benefits cheats (or would you disagree) so it would also be logical to assume that there are justice cheats who seek to play the system to see what they can get out of it. And as for ‘shame on me’ – do try to think of something a little more original and less passé. Toodlepip, VOR. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 7

1:19pm Tue 18 Mar 14

kristal27 says...

Girl obsessed with older man in the 1970's has consensual sex, half forgets about it until she realizes bloke is now 'Wealthy Businessman' and is 'Encouraged by her family and friends'' Wonder if she would have remembered all the pain and distress this teenage fling had given her, had the bloke been unemployed or on a low wage?
Girl obsessed with older man in the 1970's has consensual sex, half forgets about it until she realizes bloke is now 'Wealthy Businessman' and is 'Encouraged by her family and friends'' Wonder if she would have remembered all the pain and distress this teenage fling had given her, had the bloke been unemployed or on a low wage? kristal27
  • Score: 18

5:49pm Tue 18 Mar 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

punkrocker wrote:
no einstein why shouldnt these vitims be compensated after having their lives ruined. many on here (all male) dont even think these historic cases should be even investigated. Shamefull.
punkrocker, lets be real here, yes its terrible, but in all honesty you know deep down, as well as most of us do, these people are coming forward for the money, not the justice.

I wonder how many would bring all this up after 40 years if there was no cash at the end of it.
[quote][p][bold]punkrocker[/bold] wrote: no einstein why shouldnt these vitims be compensated after having their lives ruined. many on here (all male) dont even think these historic cases should be even investigated. Shamefull.[/p][/quote]punkrocker, lets be real here, yes its terrible, but in all honesty you know deep down, as well as most of us do, these people are coming forward for the money, not the justice. I wonder how many would bring all this up after 40 years if there was no cash at the end of it. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 6

1:35pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
punkrocker wrote:
no einstein why shouldnt these vitims be compensated after having their lives ruined. many on here (all male) dont even think these historic cases should be even investigated. Shamefull.
punkrocker, lets be real here, yes its terrible, but in all honesty you know deep down, as well as most of us do, these people are coming forward for the money, not the justice.

I wonder how many would bring all this up after 40 years if there was no cash at the end of it.
Could not agree more.......it's amazing how all of these alledged sex crime stories all seem to be committed by now well known/wealthy people.

Also, well said Kristal27

As for compensation, in the name of equallity then if the accused is found innocent of any crime then they should be able to claim against the accuser. Sure to hell if it was me accused but found innocent I would have the accuser back in court charged with defamation of character and take them for all I could. Fairs fair as they say.
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]punkrocker[/bold] wrote: no einstein why shouldnt these vitims be compensated after having their lives ruined. many on here (all male) dont even think these historic cases should be even investigated. Shamefull.[/p][/quote]punkrocker, lets be real here, yes its terrible, but in all honesty you know deep down, as well as most of us do, these people are coming forward for the money, not the justice. I wonder how many would bring all this up after 40 years if there was no cash at the end of it.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more.......it's amazing how all of these alledged sex crime stories all seem to be committed by now well known/wealthy people. Also, well said Kristal27 As for compensation, in the name of equallity then if the accused is found innocent of any crime then they should be able to claim against the accuser. Sure to hell if it was me accused but found innocent I would have the accuser back in court charged with defamation of character and take them for all I could. Fairs fair as they say. MartinMo
  • Score: 5

4:08pm Wed 19 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Fair enough punish the 'Guilty' but some of these cases (Not all of course) smacks of getting (manipulating a easy peasy route to unwarranted free compensation.
Fair enough punish the 'Guilty' but some of these cases (Not all of course) smacks of getting (manipulating a easy peasy route to unwarranted free compensation. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 1

11:38am Thu 20 Mar 14

david195856 says...

i know this man personally and you wouldnt wish to meet a kinder genuine caring helpfull person since the trial hundreds of people have phoned his partner of 17yrs to express there support for him a well known sportsman who has a disabled child has said without mr wilsons help his child would be in a home many other people have been helped by mr wilson financialy without mr wilson asking for money back the girl in question who cried throughout the court case who was well groomed by her barrister went straight from the court to mr wilsons family and said ive just got your lenny 15 years many other people from stokesley have had relationships with this woman but she hasnt took them to court because they have nowt mr wilson has worked all his life made a few bob and thats what this is all about lets see if she comes on for money its a cert mean while we will do our best to get mr wilson out of jail
i know this man personally and you wouldnt wish to meet a kinder genuine caring helpfull person since the trial hundreds of people have phoned his partner of 17yrs to express there support for him a well known sportsman who has a disabled child has said without mr wilsons help his child would be in a home many other people have been helped by mr wilson financialy without mr wilson asking for money back the girl in question who cried throughout the court case who was well groomed by her barrister went straight from the court to mr wilsons family and said ive just got your lenny 15 years many other people from stokesley have had relationships with this woman but she hasnt took them to court because they have nowt mr wilson has worked all his life made a few bob and thats what this is all about lets see if she comes on for money its a cert mean while we will do our best to get mr wilson out of jail david195856
  • Score: 13

2:52pm Thu 20 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

Nobody should be found guilty without enough physical evidence of the alledged crime being committed.

His own undoing was admitting guilt, he should have denied it all the way through and as stated before, took the woman to court for defamation.
Nobody should be found guilty without enough physical evidence of the alledged crime being committed. His own undoing was admitting guilt, he should have denied it all the way through and as stated before, took the woman to court for defamation. MartinMo
  • Score: 2

3:12pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Themeris says...

It definitely wasn't rape as she went back again TWICE!!
As for her age, I bet she lied about that too.
At 16 you don't give a **** about someone you have been out with 3 times, it was hardly a relationship.
The facts speak for themselves, she has seen how successful Mr Wilson has become and jumped on the wagon to make a fast buck. Fancy ruining a kind 70 year old man's reputation for the sake of greed.
I am a great believer in what goes round comes round and hope she gets what she deserves the evil old cow!
It definitely wasn't rape as she went back again TWICE!! As for her age, I bet she lied about that too. At 16 you don't give a **** about someone you have been out with 3 times, it was hardly a relationship. The facts speak for themselves, she has seen how successful Mr Wilson has become and jumped on the wagon to make a fast buck. Fancy ruining a kind 70 year old man's reputation for the sake of greed. I am a great believer in what goes round comes round and hope she gets what she deserves the evil old cow! Themeris
  • Score: 4

2:01pm Tue 25 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

"The court heard how she later turned to alcohol to cope and embarked on a series of unsuitable relationships."

I doubt her ly'ing about her age and having conscential under age sex had anything to do with the above comment. This comment seems more like something you would expect from the scummier life time benefit claimants.

Now it begins to make sense, just waiting to hear about her going for compensation.
"The court heard how she later turned to alcohol to cope and embarked on a series of unsuitable relationships." I doubt her ly'ing about her age and having conscential under age sex had anything to do with the above comment. This comment seems more like something you would expect from the scummier life time benefit claimants. Now it begins to make sense, just waiting to hear about her going for compensation. MartinMo
  • Score: 3

8:24am Wed 26 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

At 14 I had sex with the 16 year baby sitter, now I am thinking I should maybe track her down and find out whether or not she has done well for herself.

If she has then I may contemplate claiming she ruined my life and have her pay for her crimes, claim some compensation at the same time.

Although due to the lack of equallity for men and the double standards within the law I doubt I would even get her to court.
At 14 I had sex with the 16 year baby sitter, now I am thinking I should maybe track her down and find out whether or not she has done well for herself. If she has then I may contemplate claiming she ruined my life and have her pay for her crimes, claim some compensation at the same time. Although due to the lack of equallity for men and the double standards within the law I doubt I would even get her to court. MartinMo
  • Score: 2

2:33pm Sat 12 Apr 14

badgerbo says...

david195856 wrote:
i know this man personally and you wouldnt wish to meet a kinder genuine caring helpfull person since the trial hundreds of people have phoned his partner of 17yrs to express there support for him a well known sportsman who has a disabled child has said without mr wilsons help his child would be in a home many other people have been helped by mr wilson financialy without mr wilson asking for money back the girl in question who cried throughout the court case who was well groomed by her barrister went straight from the court to mr wilsons family and said ive just got your lenny 15 years many other people from stokesley have had relationships with this woman but she hasnt took them to court because they have nowt mr wilson has worked all his life made a few bob and thats what this is all about lets see if she comes on for money its a cert mean while we will do our best to get mr wilson out of jail
well said,
[quote][p][bold]david195856[/bold] wrote: i know this man personally and you wouldnt wish to meet a kinder genuine caring helpfull person since the trial hundreds of people have phoned his partner of 17yrs to express there support for him a well known sportsman who has a disabled child has said without mr wilsons help his child would be in a home many other people have been helped by mr wilson financialy without mr wilson asking for money back the girl in question who cried throughout the court case who was well groomed by her barrister went straight from the court to mr wilsons family and said ive just got your lenny 15 years many other people from stokesley have had relationships with this woman but she hasnt took them to court because they have nowt mr wilson has worked all his life made a few bob and thats what this is all about lets see if she comes on for money its a cert mean while we will do our best to get mr wilson out of jail[/p][/quote]well said, badgerbo
  • Score: 1

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