A PENSIONER has been jailed after he admitted sexually assaulting a young girl.
George Naden, of Washington, molested the primary school-aged girl on about 50 occasions.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Naden, 71, bought his victim magazines and toys.
Anne Richardson, prosecuting, said: “After a while her mother noticed a change in her daughter’s behaviour.”
The court heard that the girl told her mother that Naden had abused her.
She said that she did not like what the defendant was doing, it was heard.
The child’s mother contacted the police and Naden was arrested.
During police interviews Naden claimed he had tickled the child and that he had touched her genitals by accident.
But he later admitted to sexual assault.
He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual assault on a child aged under 13.
Glen Gatland, defending, said that Naden’s two sons had disowned him since hearing that he had sexually abused a child.
Mr Gatland said: “This defendant was, up until these offences, someone who had led an exemplary life.
“He has had a long time to reflect on this.
“His two sons have cut him off completely.
“Of course this was very serious to the girl and to her mother.”
Naden, now of Station Lane, Birtley, Gateshead, was sentenced to 15 months for each charge, to run concurrently.
He was disqualified from working with children and vulnerable adults and was made the subject of a sexual preventions order.
Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: “You sexually abused her.
“You were suggesting that it was accidental.
“You also told her not to say anything as she would get wrong.
“This is a serious case of offending.”