Brid man admits ‘groping offences’

Steve Pemberton
Steve Pemberton

A BRIDLINGTON odd-job man has risked a prison sentence after committing repeated sexual offences against 13-year-old girl.

Steven Pemberton, 61, convicted 27 years ago as a sex-offender, pleaded guilty to six charges of sexual activity with a child under 16 in an 18-month affair when he appeared at Hull Crown Court on Monday.

Pemberton befriended the girl’s mother and was spotted by one of the girl’s friends when he did not realise she was in the house.

Prosecutor Patrick Palmer said: “The allegations are groping offences over clothing, but it very persistent.”

The odd job man of Gypsey Road, initially elected trial, but pleaded guilty at the eleventh-hour with his victim on stand by to give evidence against him.

His barrister Anil Murray said: “The girl was 13 and 14 at the time of the allegations. He has previous convictions for sexual matters.

“However, the last conviction in court was in February 1984. The latest contact did not include penetration.”

Mr Murray said given the limited level of sexual activity, and length of time he had been out of trouble, he was asking if the court could avoid an immediate custodial sentence.

Judge Michael Mettyear said he would be unwilling to give a direction without careful case reading and a pre-sentence report.

“The level of activity is low,” said Judge Mettyear. “It is like the type of case where a man is making a nuisance of himself.”

Pemberton was given bail to return to Hull Crown Court on September 29 for sentencing.