Man jailed for sexual assault on child

14/04/2016

A 59-year-old man from Willenhall who sexually assaulted a young boy in the town’s market has today been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to four years imprisonment.

On 24 June 2015, the three-year-old victim was in his push chair and out shopping with his mother in Willenhall market.

While his mother was looking at a stall, Patrick Marston approached the victim, grabbed his hand and placed it on his crotch area and rubbed it.

The defendant left the scene when he realised that a member of the public was watching him.

The police were immediately called and Marston was detained nearby.

Officers searched his house where they found indecent images of children on his computer - 15 category C still photographs of children and one of category B indecent still photograph of a child.

The defendant was later charged with and pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, indecent assault, sexual assault of a child under 13 and two counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child.

Nicola Heath, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexual Offenses Unit, said: "Patrick Marston is dangerous sexual predator who, in a busy public area and in broad daylight, saw an opportunity to sexually assault a three-year-old boy.

"He targeted the young boy who was in a pushchair with his mother and waited until she was distracted. He then seized on this chance to approach the victim and sexually assault him.

"A member of the public saw what he was doing, which then caused Marston to flee the scene, but he was arrested a short time later and today he has been sentenced for his crimes."