Frome man sentenced to imprisonment for a string of non-recent sex offences


The trial of Mark Hoddinott (51) at Taunton Crown Court drew to close on Wednesday 16th August.

Mark Hoddinott (51) of Portland Place, Frome was accused of a string of sexual offences that had taken place on various dates at Frome between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2011.

Sentencing him to a total of 13 years imprisonment, Recorder Paul Garlick QC, sitting at Taunton Crown Court, told him the jury had found him guilty of the most serious sexual offences against highly vulnerable victims "I am absolutely satisfied that your sexual abuse has had a serious and permanent effect on their lives from which they may never recover. You have shown no remorse, you planned a long-running campaign of abuse. Each of your sentences will run concurrently."

Hoddinott was sentenced to 11 years for rape, four years for each charge of sexual assault, 18 months for gross indecency, 13 years for attempted rape, seven years for assault by penetration, five years for two counts of sexual assault against a child and two years for causing a child to look at sexual activity.

CPS South West Senior Crown Prosecutor Lesley Ness said: "The heinous actions of this man have resulted in severe trauma for his victims. Each offence he committed was individually atrocious."

Hoddinott will be on the sex offender's register for life. He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, and his victims were given a restraining order preventing him from contacting them.

Lesley added: "We must commend our victims for the pure strength they have shown throughout this trial. They have had to relive these crimes; however it is hoped that the sentencing today brings some closure from them and knowing this man will be in prison for a very lengthy period, they can now look to the future."

Hoddinott was given a stark warning by Paul Garlick QC: "You will not be released until the parole board considers it is appropriate."