Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Life in Jail for 'Selfish and Brutal' Abuser of Children

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Life in Jail for 'Selfish and Brutal' Abuser of Children

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter

A MONSTROUS child abuser has been jailed for life for a catalogue of horrific sex crimes spanning four decades.

Cruel Paul Seaman, 57, embarked on a "campaign of rape" and sexual molestation against four young boys and one young woman.

He was branded a public danger with a "distorted" mind as he went to prison still denying his terrible crimes.

Judge Stephen Ashurst told him: "You are a selfish and brutal man quite prepared to take out your sexual feelings on very young children indeed."

Seaman preyed on vulnerable victims in a string of depraved sexual offences dating from the 1980s until as recently as last year.

A jury convicted him of 18 charges after a five-week trial at Teesside Crown Court.

He was found guilty on nine counts of rape - five against two boys under 13, four against the young woman - one of attempted rape and eight of sexual assault.

The judge said this was one of the worst cases of its type, telling the defendant: "Your behaviour has blighted the lives of many people.

"The extent of your sexual misconduct has been, in my judgment, extreme." He said two of the boys feared their violent tormentor, were left damaged and dared not speak of what he did at the time.

"It may well be others simply would not believe the horror," added the judge.

"What you did to those boys has been life-changing.

"It is hard to imagine behaviour more gross and damaging." Asked by police why he came forward, one of the boys said: "Right now he could be doing something else to another child and I don't want him to get away with it."

Another boy was left with "lifelong shame and embarrassment", said the judge.

But there was "light at the end of the tunnel" as some of the abuse survivors had since made a "remarkable change".

Seaman also forced himself on a kind and vulnerable young woman, touching and raping her repeatedly.

Judge Ashurst said Seaman's sexual appetite "doesn't show any signs of diminishing".

"A discretionary life sentence should be reserved for cases of the utmost gravity," he added. …

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