A PERVERT who raped a young boy and sexually abused a girl when he was only a teenager himself is a danger to children, a judge has ruled after hearing about other convictions.
And the judge at Warwick Crown Court dismissed Mark Goor’s claims of remorse as just sorrow for his own situation.
Goor had maintained his innocence right up until the day of his trial – and it was only then, with one of his victims at court to give evidence, that he admitted his guilt.
The now 31-year-old finally pleaded guilty to raping the boy, indecently assaulting him and committing acts of gross indecency with him in the early 2000s.
Goor, of Old Budbrooke Road, Hampton Magna, Warwick, also admitted further charges of indecency with a child in relation to a girl, also in the early 2000s, and inciting another girl to engage in sexual activity in 2013.
And after concluding he posed a danger to children in the future, Judge Anthony Potter gave Goor an extended sentence of nine years in prison – of which he will serve at least six years before the Parole Board will consider his release.
He will only be freed before serving the whole sentence if it is considered safe to do so, and will be on licence for the rest of that term and for a further five years.
Prosecutor Matthew Barnes said when he was just 11 or 12 Goor had sexually abused a seven-year-old girl by, as she had put it, making her do ‘sexual things’ to herself.
She did not tell anyone at the time, but later told her boyfriend what had happened to her when she was a child, although she did not go to the police until later.
By then, a man in his 20s had contacted the police to report the sexual offences Goor had committed against him when he was also aged about seven.
He explained that Goor, who would have been around 14 at the time, made him take part in sexual activity.
And when Goor was in his early to mid-20s he was in contact with a girl who was aged around 14, and began sending her inappropriate messages.
When Goor was arrested in November 2017 following his male victim’s complaint to the police, he made what Mr Barnes suggested was ‘a significant response’ which appeared to show he was repentant, telling officers he hated himself.
But when later interviewed he denied everything.
The court heard when he was 19 Goor had been given a police caution for sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16, and in 2017 he was given a ten-month suspended sentence at the crown court for making indecent images of children.
Nick Devine, defending, said Goor wanted to apologise to his victims.
Jailing Goor, and ordering him to register as a sex offender for life, Judge Potter told him: “I have read the pre-sentence report with particular care. I note the assessment that despite you having completed a sex offender programme imposed on you in 2017, you have shown no real empathy or insight into your offending.
“It makes it very difficult for me to accept the expression of remorse that has been made by you.”
“I have to consider whether you present a significant risk of causing serious harm by the commission of further offences and I am satisfied you do present such a risk because of your entrenched pattern of offending.”