A PERVERT who abused his position in charge of the junior section of a fishing club to sexually abuse young boys has been jailed for 11 years.
Paul Stead, 45, was found guilty of 23 sex offences against seven victims dating back to the 1990s.
Leeds Crown Court heard Stead abused the youngsters for his own sexual gratification over an eight year period.
A jury heard Stead also did all he could to “denigrate” the character of some of his victims when they reported the conduct to the club’s chairman and committee.
Stead, of Stanks Lane South, Whinmoor, also threatened to take an injunction out against one of his victims back in 2002.
The victim went to Stead’s fishing tackle shop to confront him warning him to quit his position at the club. Stead continued to work with young anglers until more victims came forward in 2011 and 2012.
A jury took too just over six hours to find him guilty of 17 offences of indecent assault and seven of indecency with a child.
Stead would abuse the youngsters while they were out fishing on a river bank. Further abuse also took place at his then home in Cross Gates, where he would give the youngsters alcohol and play pornographic films.
Jailing Stead, judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “You abused your position, corrupted these children. You abused these children. What you did to them will live with them for the rest of their lives.”
After the case, Det Insp Lawrence Bone, of the Leeds District Child Safeguarding Unit, said: “Stead abused his position of trust to systematically exploit vulnerable young people over a long period of time for his own sexual gratification.
“We hope the fact he has now been brought to justice will go some way towards helping his victims and their families to deal with the trauma he has caused them. I would like to pay tribute to the victims for the courage they have shown in standing up to make sure Stead has now faced the consequences of his actions and in playing their part in protecting further children from this predatory paedophile.
“Any allegations of this nature are always thoroughly investigated by specialist officers who ensure victims are fully supported throughout the process. The passage of time is no barrier to a successful prosecution.”