January 2006

Man, 64, in sex assaults on children

A 64-YEAR-OLD man, who admitted sexually molesting two young girls, was jailed for four years.

James Cunliffe, of Lorton Avenue, St Helens, was also ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Liverpool crown court heard that, after the most recent victim complained to police, publicity brought forward the other victim, whom he had abused almost 30 years ago.

Judge William George told Cunliffe, who sat with head bowed, they were serious offences involving breach of trust.

He banned him from working with children indefinitely and from living or staying in a house with children without a responsible adult present.

Raymond Herman, prosecuting, said the most recent offences occured in 2003 when the girl was 15.

A week later, after he showed her a pornographic video and laughed as he left the room, he sexually molested her.

He repeated his behaviour and the girl was frightened he intended to have sexual intercourse.

In April last year, she revealed what had happened to her and the police were contacted.

After publicity, his other victim came forward and made similar allegations of indecent assault in 1976 when she was 11.