A judge has condemned the ‘appalling’ actions of a man who abused two young children and told them to keep it a secret.
Andrew James Dobler appeared at Swansea Crown Court having pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.
The offending took place in the Swansea area and involved two young girls.
The court heard Dobler’s offending was first brought to the attention of police by an anonymous phone call raising concerns about his behaviour.
It had also been discovered on a piece of paper in one of the young girl’s diaries.
The 56-year-old denied the offences and it was put down to being a mistake, but later admitted his actions, the court heard.
Police became involved and the two young girls were interviewed, and it was explained Dobler, of Longhope, Gloucestershire, had committed acts on occasion using a pillow to hide what he was doing whilst other adults were present.
Prosecutor Robin Rouch told the court that Dobler would say “it’s our secret, don’t tell anyone about it.”
When interviewed by police, he answered ‘no comment’.
Statements were read out to the court on behalf of the young victims, including one girl noting how her experience has affected the way she sees older men, even if she knows them to be trustworthy.
“On the bus, the bus driver has not done anything but it has made me anxious,” the statement read.
“I can wake up feeling happy but that can alter quickly.” Judge Paul Thomas said: “What you did to these two young girls was something which will have an impact on them far beyond the short-lived physical acts.
“Had you done these things to a grown woman it would have been terrible, but to do it to two children was simply appalling. I have read about emotional and physical impact that your paedophilic actions have had on them.
“Anyone like yours destroys confidence, it destroys their self worth, it affects their trust in strangers and in particular, men.
“It affects their relationship with men or others as time goes on.
“Whilst no one can see the length or depth of the impact on them, they will not recover quickly, if at all.”
Dobler was jailed for five years and was also given a sexual offences prevention order and must sign the sex offenders’ register.