4:27 PM December 13, 2021

08:17 December 14, 2021

A former Norfolk traffic cop who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy three decades ago has been jailed for four and a half years.

Shane Vertigan, 52, who also previously worked as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in Fakenham, attacked Wesley Spinks, who was 13 at the time of the offenses.

The assailant was jailed at Norwich Crown Court on Monday 13 December after previously admitting three counts of gross indecency with a child under 14 and two counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14 dating from 1992 and 1993.

Vertigan, who has appeared via video link from prison, is already serving a six-year sentence handed down two years ago for sexual assaults he committed against a teenage girl in the mid-2000s.

Mr Spinks, now 41, has waived his right to anonymity. He read a moving statement in court about the impact the abuse had on his life.

Speaking directly to his attacker and with his voice broken, the former Hellesdon High School student said: “Shane, I will never really know the emotional and upsetting effects your abuse has had on me.”

Wesley Spinks who gave up his anonymity to speak out about the abuse he suffered in an attempt to help give others the confidence to break their silence.
– Credit: Simon Parkin

He added: “Over the years your actions have stopped me emotionally and physically, having to relive your disgusting actions on a daily basis, where I can both feel and remember what you made me do to you, all of it. for your own satisfaction. “

Prosecutor Lori Tucker said Mr Spinks knew and trusted Vertigan, but sexually assaulted the then teenager after entering his bedroom wearing nothing other than his underwear. On another occasion, he abused her in a van before taking her to a Norwich City game.

Sentencing Vertigan, Judge Maureen Bacon said he had committed “terrible abuse of an innocent child”.

“I have heard of the very dramatic impact your offense has had on him over the years,” she said.

“He describes how his emotions were deactivated and disrupted and how he fell into an alcohol addiction which he luckily struggled to come back to.

“He stands in this courtyard with enough magnanimity to forgive you. “

Attenuating Juliet Donovan said Vertigan had been married for 22 years and had been involved in church activities for many years.

“He wrote a note of apology,” she said. “It’s basically a deep apology. He realizes what he has done and the effect it has had.


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