Darlington paedophile who abused young girls in grieving family is jailed

A pervert who sexually assaulted young girls in a grieving family has been jailed.

Brian Stanford ingratiated himself within the household and embarked on a regime of systematic sexual abuse on girls as young as eight who were mourning the loss of their father.

The 71-year-old, formerly of Darlington, used his physical stature as control towards them over a ten-year period in the 1960s and 1970s.

He initially denied the offences, claiming only having met one of them on a single occasion but this week at Teesside Crown Court, Stanford pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent assault against children.

He was sentenced to 43 months in prison and handed a one-year supervision order.

Having previously been convicted of a string of serious sexual offences, he is currently serving life imprisonment at HMP Littlehey.