Simon Birtwistle – Aigburth
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Aigburth pervert abused young girl after creeping into her bed wearing torch-lit glasses
A paedophile from Aigburth who sexually assaulted a young girl after creeping into her bed while wearing torch-lit glasses was jailed.
Software developer Simon Birtwistle, 46, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Birtwistle, of Garston Old Road, also admitted one charge of serious sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.
Louise McCloskey, prosecuting, said Birtwistle handed himself into police after the offences came to light when the victim spoke out.
His home was searched and the torch-lit glasses were seized, along with his mobile phone and laptop.
In police interview Birtwistle said he did not know why he had committed the crimes.
Miss McCloskey said: “He denied he was sexually aroused or got any sexual gratification.”
The court heard the victim had been left emotionally distressed by what had happened.
Miss McCloskey said: “She does not understand that she is not to blame.”
Birtwistle had no previous convictions.
Neil Gunn, defending, said his client, who had suffered from depression, made “significant admissions” to police.
He said: “He does not know why he did it and said he did not derive any sexual gratification from it.”
But Judge Thomas Teague, QC, said Birtwistle was “still in denial”.
He said: “When he comes to terms with the unpleasant fact it was for his own sexual gratification, then he will understand why.”
The bearded and balding defendant, wearing a grey sweatshirt, shook his head in the dock.
The court heard he was a “very intelligent man” who had lost a “high powered job” as a result of his offending.
Mr Gunn said Birtwistle’s dad had run the Merseymart Newspapers and that he worked for the family business, before joining an internationally renowned software development firm.
Birtwistle showed no emotion as Judge Teague sentenced him to five years and four months in prison.
He said: “You are a man of exceptional ability, having enjoyed a highly successful career.
“You were a high achieving software engineer, who until these offences had everything going for you.
“Excellent character does not carry much weight in cases as grave as this. But your remorse is considerable and genuine.
“You have been described as ‘a broken man’ and it’s true.
“You say you have lost everything, but it’s truer to say you threw it all away.”
The judge also made him subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.