More jail time for serial sex offender Paul Towle after girl tells of attack
A SERIAL sex offender has had his sentence increased after another young victim came forward.
Paul Robert Towle, 52, was convicted last year of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl.
However, after he was sentenced, another child came forward claiming she too had been attacked.
The girl broke down and told her mother when she heard Towle had been jailed for offences against other young girls.
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She had been playing with a doll's house when Towle approached her from behind and assaulted her.
Towle had attacked girls for more than three decades, Hull Crown Court heard.
Judge Mark Bury said: "As long ago as 1978 you were fined for intercourse with a girl under 16, more recently and more relevantly, you were sent to custody for two and a half years for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl.
"In December you were sentenced to two years for two offences committed against an eight-year-old girl.
"No doubt it was pointed out to the judge that you have not reoffended in a similar way for some time but that is not in fact the true picture. You sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl.
"You are serving a sentence that the judge imposed on you and will continue to serve it until December.
"I take the view that if you had been sentenced at the same time for this offence, there would have been a greater sentence. This offence is serious."
Judge Bury jailed Towle for a total of three years for both offences.
It followed an appeal in the Mail by a previous child victim of Towle's for other victims to come forward.
At a preliminary hearing at Hull Crown Court, Towle appeared via video link from prison and pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a seven-year-old girl in 2003.
Towle, of Inglemire Lane, north Hull, had already been jailed for four years in 1996 for attacking a nine-year-old girl and having pictures of her concealed inside a porn magazine.
Towle's barrister John Thackray asked for his client to be given a deferred sentence and to be allowed to attend a sex offenders treatment programme.
He said: "Unfortunately, the defendant has not had the opportunity of any intervention with the prison service as his sentence was not regarded as being sufficiently long. He would be keen to receive all the assistance that is available to him to make sure it doesn't happen again. This is a real opportunity to combine rehabilitation with custody."
Judge Bury rejected his proposal and jailed Towle, saying: "The sentencing guidelines suggest the range of sentence here is one to four years. There is an argument to say the guidelines don't apply due to your anticedant history.
"Doing the best I can, acknowledging your admission, remorse and guilty plea, I have to put myself in the position of the judge on the last occasion and come up with a just and proper sentence."
Judge Bury increased Towle's sentence by 12 months.
Towle has already been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.
He was also given a sexual offences prevention order banning him from working with children and from having unsupervised contact with children.
His first victim, from 1996, who cannot be named for legal reasons, previously told the Mail she was "sickened" Towle had been able to offend again.