A MAN has been jailed for five years after he admitted sexually abusing a schoolgirl over the course of three years.
Peter Williams, 44, will spend Christmas behind bars this year after he pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to indecent touching of a girl under 13.
He also admitted downloading hundreds of photos of naked children using a computer at his workplace.
The court heard how the abuse came to light when the 13-year-old girl confided in her school nurse in May.
The police were contacted and Williams, of Ditton Walk, Cambridge, quickly admitted the abuse to officers.
The girl’s father told the News that Williams was a “monster” and described the emotional turmoil his family had been put through.
Sara Walker, prosecuting, said Williams had started to prey on the girl when she was just 10, climbing into bed with her and assaulting her. Several of the attacks took place while her sister slept in the same room.
Ms Walker said: “He told her not to tell anyone about this otherwise he would get in trouble.”
At the same time of his arrest, his boss – the manager of Crown Paints store in Cambridge – started an internal investigation after discovering an employee had downloaded obscene images on a work computer.
Despite using a website to mask his browsing habits, Williams was identified by the firm and sacked.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of making an indecent image of a child in connection with more than 400 pictures of naked children, which were however nonsexualised images.
Sally Hobson, mitigating, asked for Williams’s previous good character, his swift confession and his care of his infirm mother to be considered in any sentence.
She asked Judge Jonathan Haworth to consider a 12-month suspended sentence to help him get help, adding that the victim had seemed quite “robust” from her victim impact statement.
That comment sparked an outcry from the victim’s family, who were watching in the public gallery. Miss Hobson withdrew the statement after a rebuke from the judge.
But Judge Haworth told Williams there was “no way” he could let him walk free.
“It was a sexual assault – you destroyed that young girl’s innocence,” he said.
“When I hear it suggested you did this to a girl who was ‘robust’, I reject that entirely.
“The effect of this abuse will be long-term and damaging.
“It will be fortunate if she recovers from this situation and can have normal relations in the future.”
He jailed Williams for five years for the indecent assaults and six months for the possession of the obscene images, which will be served concurrently.
He was also banned from contact with under-16s and will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.