October 2020

Richard Wear jailed at Bradford court for sexual abuse of young girl

A 62-year-old man has been jailed for five years and three months for the sexual abuse of a young girl.

Richard Wear molested the child, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

Wear, of Wells Court, just off Queensbury Road, Boothtown, Halifax, pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual assault of a girl under 13 and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecutor Catherine Silverton said he touched the girl indecently over her clothing and made her touch him indecently on one occasion.

When questioned by the police, he accused the girl of telling lies.

The complainant said in her victim personal statement that she had been left with chronic anxiety and panic attacks that left her struggling to breathe.

Judge Hatton said he bore in mind the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on life in prison at the moment, but a lengthy jail sentence was inevitable.

Wear must sign on the sex offender register for life and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was made for an indefinite period.