Sex victim drew abuse pictures

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A SEX offender was convicted after one of his young victims drew pictures of what had happened to him.

 Andrew Starkey performed a sex act on himself in front of two boys and showed them graphic images on his compter.

 The 38-year-old, of Wear Terrace, Washington, was arrested after the youngest boy made two pictures, describing in his own way what had happened to him.

 Starkey denied he had done anything, but was convicted of causing a child to watch sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court last month.

Prosecutor Tim Gittens told the court: “The younger boy gave a stilted account.

“He produced two drawings indicating what he had seen.”

 Judge Roger Thorn jailed Starkey for two years.

The judge said: “He challenged the honesty of these children, required them to come to court and be cross-examined.

“Any mitigation immediately went out of the window.”

 Starkey must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and has been made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

The judge added: “An aggravating feature of this case is the continued harm and distress felt by these children, about whom, apparently, you feel absolutely no shame at all.”

Lee Fish, defending, said Starkey was an isolated individual who had learning difficulties and problems forming relationships.

Mr Fish said: “The defendant has maintained the denial he emphasized so vigorously during the course of his trial.”