Boston man admits string of sex offences against two young girls

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A Boston man who admitted a string of sex offences against two young girls has been warned to expect a ‘long prison sentence’.

Mark Eaton, 41, pleaded guilty to 19 sexual charges when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court by video-link from custody today (February 26).

The offences include six charges of rape, four charges of indecent assault, four charges of assault by penetration and a single charge of sexual assault.

Eaton also admitted two charges of engaging in a sexual act in the presence of a child and two charges of causing a child to watch a sexual act. All the offences occurred between January 2003 and December 2013.

The court heard Eaton suffered a spinal stroke in 2009 and had no previous convictions.

Catherine Bradshaw, mitigating, said Eaton wished to be sentenced straight away.

Miss Bradshaw told the court: “Mr Eaton does not request a pre-sentence report.

“Mr Eaton’s mitigation is ‘what I did is totally and utterly wrong. I don’t put forward any excuses.’ “

But Recorder Benjamin Gumpert QC said he was not willing to sentence Eaton without a report from the probation service which would assess his possible danger to the public once he is released.

The Recorder told Eaton: “You have pleaded guilty to very serious offences. A long prison sentence is inevitably the result.”

Eaton, formerly of The Causeway, Boston, was remanded back in to custody until March 26 when he will be sentenced by video-link at Lincoln Crown Court.