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Scarborough child abuser jailed for seven years for historic offences

November 7, 2014, 7:22 pm

A Scarborough man has today (Friday 7 November 2014) been imprisoned for seven years for historic sexual and cruelty offences against two children.

Mark Andrew Scotter, 38, was sentenced at York Crown Court after being found guilty following a trial.

The offences against the boy and girl, which included rape, attempted rape, gross indecency, indecent assault, and assault, ill treatment and neglect, occurred between 2000 and 2003 in the Scarborough area.

North Yorkshire Police launched an extensive investigation into Scotters offending in June 2012 when he was arrested.

The victims have received specials support and care throughout the inquiry.

Detective Sergeant Mike Moorhouse, of North Yorkshire Polices Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit, said: “Mark Scotter is a vile, sadistic individual who deliberately abused the victims who were only young children at the time of the offences.

“Thankfully he is now in prison for a very long time and its a place where he deserves to be for the physical and emotional trauma he has caused.”

DS Moorhouse added: “I have nothing but praise for the victims in this case who have shown true courage in coming forward to seek justice. Whilst the outcome at court can never make up for the ordeal they have been through, I just hope they can now begin to rebuild their lives.”

Any victim of sexual abuse is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Always dial 999 if you are in immediate danger or your safety is threatened.

Victims can also seek independent advice, support and services from Bridge House, North Yorkshires Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). Please call 01904 669339. or visit

101 – The police non-emergency number

101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – when it’s less urgent than a 999 call.
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