A PERVERT from Wigan who raped and repeatedly sexually molested a young schoolgirl has been jailed for 11 years.
Terence Brickley had denied the offences, which spanned two years, but was convicted in July by a Liverpool Crown Court jury by a 11-1 majority.
He was found guilty of one offence of raping the youngster when she was 12 and four specimen charges of sexually assaulting the girl beginning when she was 11-years-old.
The abuse, which occurred in Ashton-in-Makerfield, including at his home, came to light last summer when she confided in a relative.
Jailing Brickley, of Bolton Road, Judge Brian Lewis said that a probation report described him as “posing a danger particularly to pre-pubescent girls, aged 12 to 13.”
But he added: “There is no real evidence you are a risk to children at large and I do not think you represent a substantial risk in the future.
“The offences derive essentially from your mental difficulties and social isolation.”
He jailed him for 11 years for the rape with eight years to run concurrently for the other offences.
“He ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and imposed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order keeping him away from his victim and unsupervised contact with under-16s.
Judge Lewis said that Brickley, who has autism, had begun abusing the girl when she was 11 in “a most dreadful way” after showing her pornographic films.
“She said it happened at least 100 times. You knew it was wrong and you knew you should not be doing it.
“Despite your difficulties you know the difference between right and wrong.”
The judge said that Brickley had raped her at his own home and had then told her not to tell anyone “which indicates you knew this behaviour was entirely unacceptable and wrong.”
He added that he did not think Brickley would re-offend and there were positive aspects in his life.
Steven Swift, defending, said that Brickley, who has no previous convictions, had been in care until he was 10 and was then adopted.
His loyal adoptive parents are “devastated” by his behaviour, he said.
He has learning difficulties and a low IQ but helped by his father he has been living an independent life and has been able to hold down various jobs.