‘Danger to young girls’ – Pensioner jailed for 10 years after sexually abusing teen girls

Trevor Petrie
Trevor Petrie

A Hemel Hempstead pensioner has been jailed for 10 years for the long-term sexual abuse of two underage girls.

Trevor Petrie, 69, of Hunting Gate in Grovehill, sexually assaulted one girl from the age of 13 over four years. The abuse ranged from attempted rape to assault by penetration.

The other victim was subjected to sexual assaults for two years between the ages of 13 and 15, St Albans Crown Court heard on Friday.

According to prosecutor Peter Shaw, the girls reported the offences at Hemel Hempstead Police Station on October 28 last year.

The younger victim had told her boyfriend before speaking to the older girl, who revealed she too had been abused by Petrie.

The police arranged for video interviews to be carried out the same day and used them as evidence against the pensioner.

Petrie, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to a total of 12 counts, 11 of which were against one girl. The string of charges included one of assault by penetration, two of causing a person to engage in sexual activity, one of attempted rape and two of sexual assault.

The other charge of sexual assault related to the younger girl.

Defence lawyer Denis Barry described his behaviour as ‘appalling’.

He said: “They are not only my words, they are his.

“Mr Petrie has made full and frank admissions in interviews and has shown some insight into his offending.

“He is very sorry for the damage he has caused to these two young ladies.”

Judge Andrew Bright QC sentenced the paedophile to 10 years in prison, telling him: “You represent a danger to young girls.”

Petrie must register as a sex offender for life and is the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from any unsupervised contact with children.