Essex: Sexual predator jailed for 14 years


A serial sex offender has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment after he admitted administering a drug to his victim before performing oral sex on him.

Barry Ford, 61, from the Clacton area, was in Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, September 15, 2014, to be sentenced for administering a substance with intent and sexual assault, both counts he had previously pleaded guilty to.

The court heard how on June 3, 2014 Ford had given a sleeping tablet to his victim, who suffered from autism; on the pretence it would help him avoid infection with the work he was undertaking.

District Crown Prosecutor for the CPS in the East of England, Michelle Brown said: "After taking the tablet the complainant felt sleepy and dizzy; the defendant told him that he needed to keep cool so he should remove his clothes. The complainant went to sleep but woke repeatedly semi-conscious and found Ford performing oral sex on him. The victim was so dazed he was unable to fend him off.

"This is a horrific case of sexual abuse by a repeat offender who abused his victim for his own sexual gratification. We are only pleased he admitted these offences and spared his vulnerable victim the ordeal of a trial."

Ford was also found to be in breach of a previous sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) and was sentenced to a total of 14 years imprisonment for the three offences. He has been placed on the sex offenders register for life and a new SOPO applied for by the CPS was agreed by the court.