A PENSIONER could be put behind bars over sex attacks he carried out on children half a century ago.
Richard Donavan yesterday pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual assault and three of indecency with a child, relating to two victims, starting 50 years ago.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the date of the first offence was in 1963 and the last was in 1971.
Tony Hawkes, defending, said 81-year-old Donavan admitted his guilt as soon as he was confronted with the allegations against him.
Mr Hawkes told the court: “There has never been any suggestion there would have to be a trial in this case.”
Judge John Evans adjourned the case for the preparation of reports.
Donavan, who was allowed to remain seated for the entirety of the hearing, was granted bail until the next hearing.
Judge Evans warned him: “The fact I am adjourning the case for a pre-sentence report must not be taken by you as any indication of the way in which you will be sentenced when you come back to court.”
Donavan, of Queen Alexander Road, Sunderland, was ordered to sign the sex offenders register.