Paedophile locked up for Dome attack

A MARRIED dad of ten has been locked up after grooming a girl for sex by writing love poems to her over the internet.

Andrew Welton, was branded a “predatory paedophile” by a judge who jailed him for five years following a sex attack at The Dome.

The businessman befriended the 13-year-old from Doncaster during a family holiday to the Beachcomber holiday camp in Cleethorpes.

Over the coming months the pervert posted love messages on Facebook and suggested they started a sexual relationship.

When the girl replied that he would have to wait until she was 18, Welton threatened to “drop her like a bombshell”, block her Facebook messages and delete her phone number.

Heartbroken, the girl pleaded that they remain friends and even told him she “deserved a beating” for rejecting him.

Shortly afterwards Welton, 30, visited The Dome with his brother to meet the girl, now 14, who took along a friend.

Welton was caught on CCTV escorting the girl into a unisex changing room, where as her friend stood outside for 17 minutes he sexually assaulted his victim.

During their time in the changing room he exposed himself and the girl became upset. They both left the changing room to go swimming.

After they left the pool Welton continued to abuse the girl in the changing area.

Welton, of Grimsby, denied sexual activity with the girl but was convicted by a jury.

Jailing him at Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Peter Kelson QC said: “You were plainly grooming her. She was a vulnerable young teenager desperate for adult companionship. You were the plainest possible sexual predator.”

Welton was also placed on the sex offenders’ register and banned from working with children.

Michael Hart of The Dome, speaking after the case said CCTV proved invaluable in catching Welton. He added customer safety was paramount and staff regularly patrolled changing areas.