A PERVERTED pensioner, who sexually molested a schoolboy, was today behind bars.
Jailing 75-year-old William James for 20 months, the judge told him that the assault would leave the youngster psychologically scarred for the rest of his life.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that the 12-year-old was attacked in an alleyway, just yards from James’s home in Beech Hill.
Judge David Aubrey QC said to the defendant: “He came round to your house as an innocent young boy, and left the house after what you had done to him, no doubt, with mental and psychological scars that will remain with him for the rest of his life.”
The judge said the victim was a vulnerable young boy, and yet for James’s own sexual gratification, he abused him.
As well as imprisoning James, he made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for seven years, banning him from the company of children, and also ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.
Harry Pepper, prosecuting, told the court that the incident happened on September 30 last year.
James grabbed the boy’s arms and pushed them behind his back, and then began molesting him. The boy tried struggling, but James was too strong.
The shocked youngster did not tell his father, as he feared he would murder James, and he did not want his dad locked up. At school, however, he was in floods of tears, and told his mentor what had happened. When James was arrested and interviewed, he made no comment, said Mr Pepper.
James, of Rose Avenue, Beech Hill, pleaded guilty to sexual assault.
Philip Martin, defending, said that James, who has no previous convictions, has given up tenancy of his home since the incident.
It had been an opportunistic offence which was short-lived, Mr Martin added.