Elderly sex offender admits assaults

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:55 21/01/2013

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A 73-year-old man who is already serving a prison term for sex offending has admitted sexual assaults on four girls.

Dennis John Batchelor, retired, of Belfast, has admitted eight more charges involving four young girls - two of indecent assault, three of sexual violation involving oral sex, two of digital penetration and one of sexual violation by rape.

Batchelor appeared in the Christchurch District Court today and was remanded for sentence on April 4.

He received a three-year jail term on November 1 on objectionable-publications charges.

He had recorded sexual activities on Facebook and had images of babies and toddlers being abused.

Batchelor had set up a Facebook page under a teenage girl persona and in October 2011 his computers, USB drives, CDs, DVDs, diskettes, cameras and documents were seized.

He was referred to the Christchurch STOP rehabilitation programme, but after finishing that he set up another Facebook account and continued the offending.

At the November sentencing, the judge noted that Batchelor had a previous conviction for indecent assault on a girl, and psychological reports rated him as a moderate to high risk of sexual reoffending.

The judge said Batchelor had made limited progress and had limited insight into his offending.

The latest charges he has admitted relate to sexual assaults on young girls from 2001 to 2006.

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