A TV Licensing enforcement officer has been convicted of rape after prosecutors argued he'd used his employment as the ideal guise to cover his depraved fantasies.
Jurors at Middlesbrough Crown Court heard how Gary Catterick, 49, of Broadwell Road in the town, forced himself on the pregnant woman after she took pity on him when his car broke down during one of his TV Licensing rounds last November.
On what was a bitterly cold evening, the young victim offered Catterick a "cuppa" on her doorstep, but she didn't invite him inside.
Exploiting the opportunity Catterick walked into the house and raped the woman in the presence of a sleeping child.
Judge John Walford told Catterick: "You cruelly and self-indulgently repaid the kindness and consideration of this young woman by raping her.
"She was young and vulnerable, she was a victim in her own home while her children were there."
The jury of 8 men and 4 women took less than 2 hours to find Catterick guilty of the woman's rape. He was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment and will remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life.