|Lara and Michael Chase|
A husband and wife sexually assaulted a 13-month-old baby in offences described as “every parent’s worst nightmare.”
Michael and Lara Chase of Bathurst, Orton Goldhay, took advantage of the girl they were baby-sitting and are now due to be sentenced tomorrow.
Hope they don't have the same judge as Paul Spector, (see below) he's liable to give them a gold watch.
Michael Chase (52) had pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and possession of indecent and extreme images last November.
And on Monday at Peterborough Crown Court, Lara Chase (46) was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and the distribution of indecent images her husband had already admitted taking.
During the trial, she had said she was unaware of her husband’s paedophilia and claimed that the pair were now separated and that she would like to see him “hung, drawn and quartered.”
Photos used during the trial included the victim being sexually assaulted by Michael Chase, with the jury deciding that his wife had been assisting him in his actions.
The sexual assaults themselves are too graphic to be described in this newspaper.
Lara Chase had repeatedly insisted that she had been unaware of the incriminating photographs of her husband and the victim.
Sally Hobson, prosecuting, asked if she had known that her husband was taking photos of the victim with the flash on while all three of them were in the same room.
But she stated that the first she knew of any indecent images was during her first police interview. Detective Constable Lloyd Metselaar said: “I am pleased that the family of the victim in this case have received justice for what can only be described as ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’.
The appalling acts committed together by both Mr and Mrs Chase on such a young child, who had been entrusted in their care, demonstrate the most serious breach of trust.
“This case demonstrates the determination and dedication of Cambridgeshire’s specially trained officers who will bring to justice anyone involved in targeting the most vulnerable of society.”
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Paul Spector, (50) of Fleet Hargate, Holbeach, who taught in Oundle, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault of a child under 13, one of common assault of a child under 13 and nine counts of possession of and making of incident images of children of categories A, B and C. Indecent photographs of children are categorised into A, B or C, with category A covering the most serious images involving children.
He was also charged with one count of perverting the course of justice.
He was given a 10-month sentence suspended for two years and a two-year supervision order.
He has been placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.
Are you kidding me? Was the judge his brother? How is it you can sexually assault a child, make the worst kind of child pornography, pervert justice, then walk away with no jail time? Someone has to challenge this sentence, it is just ridiculous! I could understand it if he were playing Monopoly and just got a 'Get out of jail free' card.
Spector was formerly a supply teacher in Lincolnshire but also taught at a school in the Oundle area. Police have liaised with these schools throughout the investigation, which was led by Detective Constable Spencer Bailey. He said: “I hope today’s court result helps bring some form of closure to the victims involved.
“Paul Spector was in a position of trust which he blatantly manipulated. Those who abuse children will be fully investigated and brought to justice regardless of their profession.
“Protecting children and reducing incidents of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a priority for Northamptonshire Police and Children’s Services and we are working hard to support victims and bring offenders to justice.
“Anybody with any concerns should call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or the Child Safeguarding Team on 0300 126 1000.”
A teenage girl was sexually assaulted as she walked on a Peterborough footpath yesterday morning (Wednesday).
The incident happened at about 11.30am in bushes close to Stagsden in Orton Goldhay.
The 17-year-old victim was walking along a footpath towards Overton Way in Orton Waterville when she was approached from behind by a man who pulled her into the bushes and assaulted her.
When the girl attempted to leave she was pushed to the ground and the offender walked away in the direction of Overton Way.
Detective Sergeant Mark Smith said: “Thankfully the girl wasn’t seriously injured, but she has been left extremely shaken by what has happened.
“I would urge anyone who may know who is responsible for this crime to contact police immediately.”
The man is described as white, aged 21 to 40, wearing a black jacket with a hood and jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111