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14 June 2012, 18:17
An ex-PSCO from Hull, who was involved in looking after vulnerable children has been called a “predatory paedophile” as he was sentenced to 10 years in jail for child sex offences.
48 year old Gary Hastings, of Wright Street, showed no emotion as the judge said he had abused his position of trust to abuse two vulnerable young boys.
He pleaded guilty at York Crown Court last month to seven counts of sexual activity with two boys, aged 14 and 15, over a two-year period.
Sentencing him on Thursday, Judge Stephen Ashurst said: “This, on any view, is an extremely serious case, made more serious by the fact you have offended against two young men, who in my judgment were plainly vulnerable at the time.''
Referring to his first victim, the judge added: “He was scared and confused. And in his own words, drawn from his victim personal statement, you completely messed up his life.''
The judge said there was a breach of trust involved and a “huge disparity” in the ages between Hastings and his victims.
He said Hastings had denied he was sexually attracted to the boys, but he added: “The fact they were underage was a factor in your sexual makeup.”
Hastings, who resigned from Humberside Police when the offences came to light, was also made subject to a sexual offences prevention order which limits his contact with young people.