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Filey Man Jailed For Child Sex Offences

Filey Man Jailed For Child Sex Offences

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:10pm 20th December 2019. (Updated at 5:08pm 20th December 2019)

A Filey man has been jailed for child sex offences.

David Hudghton, 78, from Wharfedale, denied all 13 charges. 

Eight of them were for sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.

The other five were for causing or inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

However, a jury found him guilty of all the charges.

Hudghton has been sent to prison for 15 years with an additional one year on licence.

He will also be on the sex offenders register for life and has been given a sexual harm prevention order for life.

An NSPCC spokesperson said:

“Hudghton’s treatment of these young girls was truly sickening. Child sexual abuse can have devastating and long-lasting effects and it is imperative that victims are given all the support they need to move forward in their lives.

Children who suffer abuse often don’t recognise what is happening to them is wrong, so it is hugely important to make sure our children have the information and knowledge they need to help speak out against abuse. That is why the NSPCC’s schools service has visited 172 primary schools in York and North Yorkshire in the last academic year alone, helping over 26,000 children understand they must tell a trusted adult when something worries or upsets them.”

Children can contact Childline, 24/7, on 0800 1111.

Adults concerned about the wellbeing of a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.

Speaking about the sentence handed to Hudghton, Detective Inspector Glenn Kelly of Scarborough CID said:

“Hudghton has caused untold harm to the victims and the families involved in this case, not only through his depraved actions but also by refusing to accept his guilt, forcing them to have to live through a Crown Court trial.

I’d like to commend the victims and their families on their bravery in coming forward and their resilience throughout the investigation and prosecution process.

We know that the sentence handed to Hudghton can never erase the pain he has caused, but we hope it allows the victims and their family to have some element of closure on what can only be described as a traumatic and distressing experience for them.

The protection and safeguarding of children is of paramount importance to North Yorkshire Police.

My colleagues and I will ensure anyone who has exploited the most vulnerable in our society will face justice."

If you are a victim of sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is a foremost priority for North Yorkshire Police and all reports will be fully investigated.

If you are a victim of a sexual offence, it doesn’t matter when the abuse happened, whether it’s happening now or occurred 50 years ago.

Even if it is not possible to put an offender before the courts, it’s important that you are offered the support and advice that is available.

Your information could also help to protect other victims and help the police form a wider picture of offending.

North Yorkshire Police appreciates that telling the police what has happened takes courage. It is not easy reliving such distressing situations. The force understand this and have specially trained officers who will guide you through the process as well as signposting you to other agencies who can help you.

To report a sexual crime to the police call 101.

If you are in immediate danger, always call 999.

If you prefer not to go direct to the police and you are not in immediate danger, you can contact a sexual assault referral centre (SARC) in your area. Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s SARC can be contacted on 01904 669339.


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