March 2009

Paedophile jailed for Nineties sex abuse

THE victim of a paedophile has welcomed the five-year prison sentence handed to her abuser.

Judge Les Spittle told 61- year-old Richard Childs he would have given him “a lot more” if he had the power.

Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday how Childs, of Hambleton Avenue, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, subjected the girl to a two-year catalogue of abuse in the Nineties.

He was found guilty of five counts of indecency with a child at a trial in January.

Before passing sentence, Judge Spittle described reading the victim impact statement as a “harrowing experience”.

He told the defendant: “You continue to deny these matters.

You continue to make reference to the credibility and trustworthiness of the complainant.

“You have experienced not one shred of remorse, regret or understanding as far as the complainant is concerned.

“I only hope there will be some closure for her in due course.”

The judged added: “I will punish you with the maximum of my ability – if I had the power, I would give you a lot more.”

Childs was banned from working with children for life and placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Dan Cordey, mitigating, said his client had never previously been to prison and being incarcerated would be more of a shock than the length of the sentence.

He said: “At the time of these offences, something appears to have happened in his life that caused this.”

The victim said after the hearing that she was happy with the length of the sentence.

“Starting tomorrow, I can get on with my life,” she said.

During the trial, the jury was told that the victim kept the abuse a secret for a decade.

The victim confessed to her mother in 2001, and reported the abuse to police last year, which led to Childs’ arrest.