A wheelchair-bound pensioner from Pentney convicted of a string of serious sex offences against two teenaged girls and a boy has been jailed for a total of 18 years.
Judge Stephen Holt told Roy Cato, 68, who appeared in the dock at Norwich Crown Court in a wheelchair, that threats had no doubt been made to make his victims “malleable to your sexual perversions”.
Cato, of Church Close, Pentney, had pleaded not guilty to 13 charges of indecent assault, rape, sexual activity with a child and incitement to commit indecent assault over a 10-year period but was convicted by the jury of them all.
After reading impact reports on how the sex crimes had left two of the victims the judge said one of their lives had been affected to a “horrible degree”.
The judge, who ordered that Cato should be put on the sex offenders’ register for life , said that he would be released on licence after nine years.
Judge Holt added : “You still deny any of these offences and that is your right.”
Mitigating, Mr William Carter, said : “ There is little doubt that Mr Cato is in very poor health. He is diabetic”
His condition involves a shattered knee caused by a road accident. Any significant period in custody will be more difficult as far as he is concerned, said Mr Carter
Cato denied two offences of indecently assaulting the male, one of indecently assaulting and raping one girl, two of indecently assaulting, one of sexual activity with a child, one of rape and one of sexual assault all on the other girl.
He further denied four offences of incitement to commit an indecent act.