A MAN has been jailed for sex offences he committed more than a decade ago.
Denis McCall still denies he repeatedly indecently assaulted a schoolgirl.
But he was found guilty by a jury in February and yesterday put behind bars for three years.
The 62-year-old, of Lanercost, Glebe, Washington, must stay on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.
Judge John Evans told him: “In the discussions you have had with the probation officer, it is clear you continue to fail to recognise that what you were doing was wrong.
“It is not particularly unusual and I don’t sentence you for that, but it makes it plain to me it will be some time before you are able to come to terms with that which you have done.
“I expect it will only be with further counselling that you will be able to recognise how wrong it was to behave in the way you did.”
The court heard the victim, who cannot be named, had to relive her ordeal while giving evidence against McCall during the trial.
She told jurors it was only as she got older she realised what had been done to her was wrong.
McCall was convicted of six charges of indecent assault.
Ronald Mitchell, defending, told the court McCall has no previous convictions and suffered a personal tragedy while being held on remand.
He said: “The most significant punishment he could have received was the fact his mother died while he was in custody and he was effectively prevented from saying goodbye to her in a normal way.
“Her funeral is later this week. He feels he cannot attend that.
“These are matters weighing very heavily on his mind and represent a significant element of punishment.”