A PAEDOPHILE pensioner who repeatedly abused a young girl, including raping her, has been caged for 16 years.
A judge told John Ferrier that he viewed him as a dangerous offender but because of his age would not make an indefinite sentence as he will already be an old man when his prison terms ends.
The girl, who was 11, was “particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and that is the person you cynically choose to take advantage of,” said Judge Robert Trevor-Jones.
Ferrier, 69, had groomed the girl and abused her at his flat in Pemberton above an Indian takeaway.
His depraved behaviour also included taking the youngster to a Manchester to buy sex toys, including handcuffs, and pornographic magazines and watched pornography with her. The offences came to light in April last year and although the girl was initially reluctant to reveal what had been happening she did so and her police interviews were recorded on video.
Ferrier, of Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, pleaded not guilty to rape and eight other offences involving sexual abuse but was convicted last month after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
Judge Trevor-Jones pointed out that his denials means that the girl had been “compelled to attend court and give evidence and be branded a liar.”
He ordered Ferrier to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and imposed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order keeping him away from under 16-year-olds.
Paul Becker, defending, said that Ferrier, has no previous convictions but accepted that one was inevitable.
He has health problems including high blood pressure, arthritis and heart disease.
He maintains his innocence, he added.