Trevor Ainslie, 67, was jailed for 28 years at Liverpool Crown Court as Judge Garrett Byrne detailed how he gained the victims’ parents’ trust before using them as his ‘playthings’
A victim of a paedophile screamed, “you’re an absolute monster” as the depraved man was caged today.
Trevor Ainslie, 67, was described as treating his seven young victims as “playthings”, Liverpool Crown Court heard today.
Some of the victims in the public gallery leapt to their feet, erupting in anger as the judge sentenced Ainslie to 28 years behind bars, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Judge Garrett Byrne said during sentencing today: “It was a very deliberate and carefully planned campaign of sexual abuse.
“Your crimes are truly shocking. I cannot recall a more serious case of its kind before this court.”
The offences involved six young boys and one girl, aged between seven and 16, over a period of almost 30 years, the court heard.
The judge said: “Your offending involved children of different families in different generations. Your behaviour was premeditated and it has caused incalculable harm to a great many people.”
Ainslie worked his way into the victims’ parents through his involvement with a church and social club.
Once he gained the parents’ trust he then groomed the youngsters, the court heard.
Judge Byrne ruled that Ainslie – who showed no emotion during the sentencing hearing and sat with his arms folded across his chest – is a dangerous offender who poses “a very high and ongoing risk of serious harm to children”.
Ainslie had been convicted of 38 sex offences against the six boys and one girl.
Judge Byrne said that many of the offences involved multiple incidents “which occurred at almost every occasion they had the misfortune to be at your house, caravan or tent”.
He said: “What is striking about this case is the sustained nature of your offending….It was a very deliberate, and carefully planned campaign of the sexual abuse of mostly young boys who were aged between seven and 16 over a period of almost 30 years, straddling four decades.
“Your behaviour was predatory. It has caused incalculable harm to a great many people.”
The judge described how Ainslie would earn the parents’ trust before inviting the unsuspecting victims back to his house by asking them to walk the dog or offering them sweets.
The judge continued: “Your behaviour is what we now call grooming activity.
“Once the boys were under your influence, you plied them with alcohol to lower their defences and make them more vulnerable. You manipulated them into staying over at your house, saying that their parents would be asleep and that it would be a shame to wake them up.
“Whilst at your various addresses, in your caravan and in a tent, you satisfied your depraved desires by sexually abusing them in various ways.”
The judge said Ainslie had seriously sexually assaulted one of the boys on three separate occasions and “tried to secure his compliance by offering to buy him a bike.”
Judge Byrne told him: “It is clear to the court that you saw all of these children as your playthings, as mere objects, and not once did you stop to consider the impact that your offending was having upon them. You have not once shown any empathy for your victims, nor any regret for your actions.”
The judge slammed Ainslie for putting the victims through the trauma of giving evidence.
The judge concluded that the fact he had caused his victims “profound and long-lasting psychological harm was painfully obvious during the evidence”.
The offences of which he was convicted involved various sexual acts involving the boys and asking a seven-year-old girl for a kiss.
Stuart Mills, defending, said: “Everybody said that in all other respects he was a nice man, kind and generous.”
Ainslie has high blood pressure, gastric problems and arthritis and there was “a concern that he might not see the end of the sentence.”
Judge Byrne jailed Ainslie for 28 years with an extended three-year licence, and told the defendant he will have to serve at least two-thirds of the custodial term before he can apply for parole.
Ainslie was ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and Judge Byrne also imposed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, a lifetime ban on working with children and a restraining order to keep away from his victims.