Man jailed for ‘painful, humiliating and never forgotten’ sexual abuse
A man who systematically sexually abused three children in “painful, humiliating and never forgotten” attacks, has been jailed for 11 years.
Frank Simmons began the abusing the girl and two boys, when he was aged just 14 and continued for more than 10 years.
The 54-year-old of Hawthorn, Northway in Tewkesbury was found guilty of 11 charges of indecency, five of indecent assault and two charges of buggery at Gloucester Crown Court earlier this year. During the trial, he was cleared of another count of a serious sex assault.
The court was told Simmons threatened to suffocate the children with a pillow if they resisted his advances.
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He even paid one of the victims 50p to keep quiet about the abuse.
There were tears in the public gallery as Judge William Hart handed down the jail sentence today and said he would spend at least half of it in custody.
He told Simmons: “It was predatory, sequential and it was an abuse of trust.
“It was over a very long period and it had the gravest effect on them (the victims).
“It was persistent. It was painful and humiliating and never forgotten.
“You issued threats, you used bribery and what you did to these three children has had an inconceivable effect on their lives.”
Defending Angus Robertson said: “The defendant, when these offences started, was a young person and perhaps unusually so, given the allegations in the case.
“He did not start the abuse when he was an adult, but when he was between the ages of 14 to 16.
“The offending started when the defendant was physically and psychologically immature.
“He is not a person that has continued to commit sexual crime during the rest of his life.
“The defendant has lost everything – he has lost his job, his home and his wife.”
He told Judge Hart, Simmons had worked in the same job at a machinery company since he was 18 and had been a “valuable and useful” member of society.
He left that employment last week.
Mr Robertson said a character reference described him as “the perfect gentleman, helping where and when he can”.
Gloucester Crown Court heard he forced the children to perform sexual acts on him and each other during the attacks.
Judge Hart said one of the victims had spoken of the abuse years earlier, but it was “brushed aside as ludicrous”.
Simmons will have to sign the sexual offenders register.