Scarborough man jailed for sex abuse

Steven Grant
Steven Grant

A man has been jailed for 11 years for sexually abusing two girls and a woman in Scarborough over a five-month period.

Steven Grant, 37, denied 14 separate offences against the three victims, but a jury found him guilty on all but one count.

Grant, from Maltongate, Thornton-le-Dale, was excoriated by Judge Paul Batty QC for telling “bare-faced lies” during the trial and putting two of the victims through the ordeal of giving evidence in court.

The catalogue of vile offences included 11 counts of sexual assault, one of attempted sexual assault and one charge of indecently exposing himself to one of the girls.

During the week-long trial at York Crown Court, Mr Batty QC instructed the jury to find Grant not guilty of one further charge of sexual assault.

Prosecutor Sophie Drake said the three victims had been severely traumatised by Grant’s wicked acts, which date back to the summer of 2014.

In a victim statement read out in court, one of the girls said she was scared of Grant and that her studies had suffered because she couldn’t concentrate.

“She used to cry herself to sleep at night, frightened about coming to court,” said Ms Drake.

The second victim, who was battling an illness at the time of Grant’s ghastly behaviour, said she suffered “months of nightmares” and lost all her confidence as a result of the sexual abuse.

She said it had affected her relationship with her partner and that she was scared of being touched.

The third victim, a young woman described as emotionally fragile, said that she didn’t report the crimes straight away because she was frightened of Grant.

She said that her tormentor - who has a previous police caution for violence against a former partner - would give her hugs and cuddles before sexually assaulting her in different ways.

The woman, said to be “particularly vulnerable”, was the only victim to report Grant to police because the others were too scared of him.

Mr Batty QC said this was a “classic case of grooming” vulnerable females, adding: “The effect upon (the victims) has been great.”

Mr Batty blasted Grant for falsely claiming that one of the victims was a “bare-faced liar”.

“There was only one bare-faced liar in this court and that was you,” added the judge.

Grant was ashen-faced as the jury returned its majority guilty verdicts on all 13 counts after the trial went into a second week.

As well as the jail sentence, Mr Batty ordered Grant to sign on the sex-offenders’ register for life and made a restraining order, to run indefinitely, which bans him from contacting the victims.

Grant appeared woozy as he was led down to the cells as his partner and family members cried in the public gallery.