A 46-YEAR-OLD man who sexually abused a child has been jailed for 16 months.
Philip Anderson groped his victim three times before performing a sex act on himself, Durham Crown Court heard.
Anderson, of Eltingham Road, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, admitted three charges of indecent assault.
He told police he abused the child after drinking too much wine and because he needed human company.
Anderson denied any sexual interest in children, but Judge Christopher Prince said the motive was clearly sexual and added: “You are an intelligent man, have served as a school governor and worked at your local church.
“I have been told you were depressed because of the state of your architectural business.
“But I regard that as no mitigation.
“This offending was repeated, you could have desisted after the first time, but chose not to.”
Anderson was banned for life from having any unsupervised contact with children in addition to his jail term.