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Four year prison sentence for Harrogate child abuser

Four year prison sentence for Harrogate child abuser

Published by May Norman at 6:00am 27th February 2020.

Harrogate man sentenced for sexually assaulting schoolgirl

    • A man from Harrogate's starting a four-year jail sentence this morning for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.
    • 52-year-old Paul John Geagan pleaded guilty to sexual assault by touching which happened in 2015.
    • He also admitted to possessing GBL - a controlled Class C drug - and possessing over 1,000 extreme pornographic images.

A man from Harrogate has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.

Paul John Geagan, aged 52, was sentenced at York Crown Court on Tuesday (25 February 2020) having previously pleading guilty to sexual assault by touching which occurred in 2015.

Paul-John-Geagan-Harrogate man jailed
Paul John Geagan from Harrogate man jailed

He also admitted to possessing GBL, a controlled Class C drug, and possessing 1,193 extreme pornographic images involving bestiality.

Geagan was arrested by North Yorkshire Police’s Non-Recent Abuse Investigation Team in November 2017 after the victim bravely came forward two years after her ordeal.

At some time between October and November 2015, Geagan had invited her into his flat to watch a film and subjected her to a sexual assault by touching.

Detective Constable Fiona Saunderson, who led the investigation, said:

“The victim was only 12 when she was abused by Paul Geagan.  She felt unable to tell anyone for two years before finding the courage to tell a friend and her mum.

“The assault has had an enormous impact on her young life and left her frightened, depressed and suicidal.

“She showed incredible bravery at court when she read out her victim personal statement in person.  The Judge referred to her statement as ‘harrowing’.

“Paul Geagan showed not one scrap of remorse and didn’t look up at all whilst she read her statement. He was on the video link and kept his eyes shut as if he was trying to sleep through it.”

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DC Saunderson added:

“It is also worth mentioning the history of the case. Geagan failed to appear on three separate occasions before each court hearing and police had to force entry to his home on each time to find he had taken an overdose. The Judge stated it was his judgement that he was trying to avoid the inevitable trial.

“It has been a long and difficult journey for the victim and her family, but hopefully they have finally been afforded some justice.”

Seeking help and support

The Non-Recent Abuse Investigation Team is fully equipped to support victims at every stage. Victims can have confidence that they will be treated with dignity and respect throughout.

If you have been a victim of such crimes, no matter when it occurred, please do not suffer in silence. We are here to help you.

Please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

If you are in immediate danger, always dial 999 for an emergency response.

Victims who would prefer not to go direct to the police and are not in immediate danger, can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), on 0330 223 0362, email bridgehouse.sarc@nhs.net or go to www.bridgehousesarc.org/

You can also contact the Supporting Victims Unit direct at www.supportingvictims.org or call 01609 643100.

NSPCC Helplines:

  • Help for adults concerned about a child – call 0808 800 5000
  • Help for children and young people – call Childline on 0800 1111
  • Go to the NSPCC website.