A Bransholme man that repeatedly sexually abused a young boy is beginning a seven-year prison sentence, with the judge telling him he has caused “immeasurable” damage.
Russell Scott, 40, abused his victim in the Noughties, the five-day trial at Hull Crown Court heard.
In a statement read to the court, his victim said: “Because I felt so ashamed at what he had done, I felt I had to keep it a secret. He always told me not to tell anyone.”
The court was told he only plucked up the strength to tell his family of the abuse in early 2016 – years after his ordeal. He then reported Scott, of Langtree Close, to police.
A jury took two hours and 49 minutes to unanimously convict Scott of:
Three counts of indecent assault on a male
Two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13
One count of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
One count of causing or inciting a child under nine to engage in sexual activity.
Recorder Abdul Iqbal QC said: “You told him not to tell his family. He took that request onboard. He was scared to tell of the abuse. He found these experiences terrifying. He was confused about who to turn to.
“You took away any semblance of a normal and happy childhood. You have not had the courage to admit what you have done. The harm you caused your victim is immeasurable.”
Scott was told he must register as a sex offender indefinitely.