The former Head of Security at Blackpool FC, Roy Brown, was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault on a school girl and has been jailed for four years. Brown was also handed a restraining order, a sexual harm prevention order and a notification requirement – all to run indefinitely – and must pay a victim surcharge.
On Friday 25th November, Liverpool Crown Court heard that the 77-year-old Brown touched the schoolgirl to the breast area over her clothing on her birthday in what was described as a ‘sustained incident’.
An impact statement on behalf of the victim’s mum read out to the court described how the assault left a horrendous effect on them, while she ‘feels the defendant has taken a piece of her innocence away and forced her to grow up before her time’.
Sentencing Brown, Recorder Eric Lamb said, ‘The impact has been devastating. There is a very different side to your character. What should have been a time of celebration was turned into a life changing event for her. She is very different now.’
It was disclosed that Brown, whose address was given as Stanley Street in Southport, had eight previous convictions for nine offences – including being fined for indecent assault in 1970 and indecent exposure in 1973. During the trial, Brown used a walking stick to enter the dock, and was supported by members of his family in the public gallery. An earlier picture of Brown from his days on security is shown below.