A businessman who was a pillar of his community has been jailed for indecently assaulting a five-year-old girl.
David Henry Wallace Green, 67, has been jailed at Hull Crown Court after admitting eight counts of indecent assault on a young girl.
As well as running Green’s Garden Centre in Ellerker, Green is a former chairman of the village’s Playing Fields Committee.
He has also been chairman of the Village Hall Committee and co-ordinator of the East Yorkshire Horse Watch.
Green stood up in court and offered an apology to the community.
He said: “I am sorry for my actions. To my local community and friends I have let them all down, I am sorry.
“To my family for squandering their trust in me and to my victim, I apologise most profusely for what I did.
“I hope one day my apology might be accepted.”
Judge David Tremberg sentenced Green to two years and two months imprisonment and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
He told Green: “This was sexual abuse for your own perverted pleasure.
“You told her to keep quiet about it and she did. You said that if she didn’t you would go to prison and you will.
“You targeted her quite clearly because of her age and vulnerability. You thought you could get away with it and you did.
“She maintained her silence and tried to come to terms with the enormity of what went on.
“It is always difficult to assess the damage this offending causes, but reading her victim impact statement she has not exaggerated the effect it has had on her and continues to have on her as she is profoundly effected.
“The degree of emotional and psychological harm was high.
“I accept you are genuinely remorseful for what you have done.
“I bear in mind you are positively of good character and in all other respects you have been tireless in your work in the community and you have done a lot of voluntary work.
“I bear in mind you have lost your good name and prejudiced the future of your family business which you have worked so hard to build.”
His victim came forward years after the assault had taken place after contacting ChildLine and seeking counselling.
The police were alerted in July last year and Green was arrested.
His barrister Paul Genney said he has “lost” his standing in the community.
He added: “The victim’s statement makes very sad reading. What he did has had a dreadful impact upon her life and he understands that.
“He has been in the family business, he was chairman of the parish council, helped raise money for the playing fields, he volunteered for all sorts of things important to people who live in a village.
“They have to have people like Green prepared to put in a large amount of work for no reward simply to make village life better for the community as a whole.
“He has worked hard in varying capacities of the community. He has lost everything. He has lost his standing in the local community, one does not know what will happen to the business.
“He has lost his family – his wife is divorcing him.”