Jailed for 13 years: the wheelchair bound pervert who abused an 11-year-old boy

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A wheelchair-bound pervert who abused an 11-year-old boy has been jailed for 13 years.

Jonathan Cavalier, 45, blackmailed the child into submitting to sex abuse in 2004.

Jailing him last week at Hove Crown Court, Judge Richard Hayward told Cavalier, “You are a dangerous man.”

Forty-five-year-old Cavalier, of Parkfield Avenue, was a known sex offender having served seven years for staging a masked gunpoint attack on a woman in 1988.

He was later paralysed from the waist down in a motorcycling accident.

Last week he was found guilty of two rapes and two sex assaults on the 11-year-boy, who the court heard he had tried to take under his wing back in 32004.

The court heard he pretended to have lost his wallet and asked the boy to help him find it.

He used a hidden camera to film the boy looking, then told the child the footage could be used to make it look like he was a thief.

Cavalier made the child agree to sex acts, plying him with drink before abusing him and kept diaries describing what he was going to do.

The judge told Cavalier, “You had clearly written in advance how you had planned to manipulate, corrupt and sexually abuse him.”

He gave Cavalier an extended determinate sentence, which means he will not be eligible for release until he has served two thirds of his sentence and then can only be let out before the full term is up with approval from the parole board.

Judge Hayward said, “I am quite satisfied you are a dangerous man, born perhaps out of physical and sexual frustration.”

After the sentence, Detective Constable Kat Hughes said, “This was a very distressing case and one that involved a very dangerous individual. It showed great courage on behalf of the victim to come forward and report such matters. I stress that we will always take these reports seriously and will deal with them with the dignity and respect they deserve.”