THIS beast has been jailed for 18 years for sex attacks on young children.
James Conlon subjected three young girls to sickening abuse during a series of attacks during the last decade.
The 58-year-old, of Edward Burdis Street, Southwick, had denied charges of rape and sexual assaults, but was found guilty by a jury after a trial last month. He continues to protest his innocence.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Conlon had raped one of his victims and carried out vile abuse on the other two.
Judge James Goss told him: “You would give the girls cigarettes, small amounts of money and then, when they were older, alcohol, despite their young age.
“You continue to deny your wrongdoing and demonstrate no remorse.
“The long-term effects of your offences are, as yet, unknown.
“It is common for victims of this kind to remain affected for the remainder of their lives.
“The number of victims and period of time over which you offended are aggravating features.”
Michael Hodson, defending, said the convictions were a huge shock to Conlon and his family, who are still struggling to come to terms with what has happened.
He added: “The family are finding great difficulty coming to terms with the jury’s verdict.”
Conlon must sign the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life and has been barred from ever working with children.