A PAEDOPHILE pensioner who molested two young girls has been spared jail – so that he can receive specialist treatment.
Barry Davis, aged 66, had previously admitted four offences of sexual activity with a girl under 13, two similar charges involving a second girl and five specimen charges of possessing child pornography.
Prosecutor Sophie Baker said Davis, of Saltash Road in Keyham, was caught in the act of abusing one of the girls.
Officers seized Davis’s computer and interviewed the two girls, both who said they had repeatedly been indecently touched by him.
Miss Baker said Davis told police he liked to dress as a child and fantasised he was a child himself.
On his computer, police found 795 indecent images of children at level one, 29 at level two, eight at level three and two at level five, the most serious category.
Jo Martin, for Davis, said her client had shown genuine remorse and was “a broken man”.
In a letter to Judge Paul Darlow, Davis said he had ruined everyone’s life.
Miss Martin said Davis’s wife was standing by him but would not hesitate to notify the police if he re-offended.
Judge Darlow told the public gallery that the hurt and distress caused was obvious to all, and it was natural to want to see him jailed for a long time.
But he said an immediate jail sentence of 12 months – the most likely not to be rejected by the Court of Appeal – would see Davis released soon, since he had spent 83 days in jail on remand.
“The net impact would be three months in jail and no follow-up treatment,” he said.
He sentenced Davis to a three-year supervision order, which would allow the Probation Service to compel him to take part in a Sex Offenders’ Programme.
He also imposed a strict Sexual Offences Prevention Order to run indefinitely and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.
He warned Davis: “You go anywhere near any little girl and your feet will not touch the ground.”