A perverted grocer in Hull who twice got a vulnerable teenager pregnant in a “catalog of sexual abuse” has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The traumatized victim gave birth to the first baby before giving it up for adoption but had a “painful and humiliating” termination – paid for by him – after her second pregnancy.
The girl was sexually assaulted at least 21 times and the vile and “calculated” incidents had “destroyed” part of her childhood and “left her life wasted,” a court said.
George Greaves, 61, of Summergangs Road, east Hull, has denied nine indecent assault offenses but was convicted after a trial in May at Hull Crown Court.
The girl was 13 to 15 years old at the time of the recurrence.
She later said, “I was a child that he cared for and used for his own enjoyment.”
Judge Ahmed Nadim told Greaves at a sentencing hearing in Grimsby courthouse on Wednesday: “She came to rely on you and trusted you. Very insidiously and effectively, you healed her.
“You gave him candy, crisps, bought him pizza and, most importantly, attention.”
The young girl, from Hull, then stayed with the Greaves.
“It was very deliberate and calculated behavior on your part, all designed to facilitate the sexual abuse of a vulnerable young child,” Judge Nadim said.
Greaves touched and kissed her intimately at first – and used bananas and cucumbers to abuse her. He later regularly had sex with her.
She became pregnant at the age of 14 and gave birth under “distressing” and “confusing” circumstances.
“You finally persuaded her to give up her child for adoption,” Judge Nadim said.
“The pain of this decision continues with her and after a short break after the child was born, you continued to sexually abuse your victim and made her pregnant again when she was 15.”
Greaves paid for the abortion and made arrangements for it. The young girl found the experience “particularly painful and humiliating”.
She was “considered a temperamental teenager” and found the way she was treated by the staff “insensitive”.
Judge Nadim told Greaves: “You are guilty of cataloging the sexual abuse of a young victim.
“By your conduct, you destroyed a significant part of his childhood and left his life wasted.”
The girl said in a statement: “I have always felt guilty for adopting a child and I was told and believed that everything that had happened was my fault.
“Greaves was the culprit. I had to deal with traumas and emotions that a young girl should never have to experience.
“I wonder if my life would be different if I hadn’t missed school so much. I got pregnant when I was 14.
“I have faced a lot in life on my own. I have had to deal with the loss of the loss of my child.
“As an adult I have always felt like a broken commodity. I lack self-confidence and have a lot of self-loathing.
“My mental health has deteriorated. I have constant flashbacks and night terrors.
“I seriously considered killing myself. I have confidence issues and I push people away.”
Alex Menary, mitigating, said Greaves denied allegations that he had “spread lies” about the victim and, since being convicted of the offenses, had barely left the house.
“He had one try and came in second,” Mr. Menary said.
Greaves was in very poor health, had undergone triple heart bypass surgery, had a pacemaker, had physical and mental problems, and had been diagnosed with, it was believed, very early-onset dementia.
Greaves feared he would “not survive” a prison sentence.
A pre-sentence report painted a portrait of a “rather selfish man,” but he had since written a letter that “paints a rather different picture,” Menary said.
Greaves had been abused online about being a “nuncio” and a “pedo” and “no opportunity was missed to signal virtue”. His car had been vandalized.
Greaves has been ordered to register for life as a sex offender.
The victim was not in court for incarceration but supporters were there for the case and she was informed of the jail term soon after.
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