Hartlepool Paedophile: woman is jailed for sex attacks on child

A Hartlepool woman who committed a string of sex attacks on a child has been jailed.

The Hartlepool Paedophile named Sandra O’Rourke has been jailed for 12 years.

She sexually assaulted her victim and encouraged them to engage in sexual activity.

O’Rourke who is aged 48 appeared before Teesside Crown Court were the court heard that she carried our sexual acts while she was in the child’s presence.

She forced the child to keep It a ‘secret’ telling the child that nobody would believe them if they spoke out against her.

Richard Bennett, prosecuting told the court in a statement from the victim stated that they still suffer from flashbacks and is receiving counselling following the sex attacks.

O’Rourke, of Harbour Walk, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to seven counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and four sexual assault charges.

She also admitted two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Stephen Constantine, defending, said O’Rourke was under the influence of cannabis for a ‘substantial’ amount of the time the abuse took place

He told Judge Stephen Ashurst that he ‘can’t do any better’ than to remind him of the defendant’s words.

He said: ‘She says this: “I’m angry with myself and disgusted with what has happened to say the least.

‘”I can’t find the words to describe my remorse and regret for what has happened.”

‘She herself recognises that she must be punished, that she will engage with whatever help will be provided to her.

‘I ask, your honour, to keep the inevitable sentence as short as you can in the circumstances.’

Judge Ashurst told O’Rourke that the crimes she committed were ‘exceptionally depraved and serious’.

He said her victim has flashbacks and believes they will never be able to forget what has happened.

Judge Ashurst sentenced O’Rourke to 12 years in prison with an extended licence period of one year.

Sgt Paul West from Cleveland Police’s Child Abuse Vulnerable Adults (CAVA) unit said: ‘The court heard in a victim impact statement how this offending has had a significant impact on the victim’s life.

‘I’d like to praise their bravery in coming forward and their strength throughout the court process.

‘We welcome today’s sentence and hope it will give the victim some closure.’