A ‘persistent and determined’ paedophile has been jailed for over seven years for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.
Derek Duffy, 49, formerly of Boothtown, Halifax, pleaded guilty to three sexual offences, including sexual abuse and two breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
Bradford Crown Court heard how police found the victim hiding down the side of a bed in Duffy’s attic dressed only in his boxer shorts in October last year.
Prosecutor Michael Smith told the court that police visited Duffy’s house six weeks after he was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and found a TV set which had been connected to the internet in breach of the court order.
A noise was heard from an upper floor of the house and officers found the victim hiding in the attic.
Mr Smith told the court that when interviewed by police, the victim initially denied that Duffy had abused him.
Forensic examination of the victim’s boxer shorts however showed that the boy had been abused by Duffy.
The victim later told police that he had stayed over at Duffy’s house on three separate occasions.
On the day the victim was found in Duffy’s attic he said he had been smoking cannabis and did not want to perform the acts and felt pressurised into doing so by Duffy.
Duffy initially denied the charges, and only admitted to the offences when presented with the forensic evidence.
Mr Smith outlined a string of sexual offences committed by Duffy dating back 17 years, including the sexual assault of a boy under 14, showing pornography to children and possessing indecent images of children.
A victim statement read to the court said the abuse had caused the victim “real psychological and emotional harm” that had affected his health and schooling.
Judge John Potter told Duffy: “You have been involved in what society rightly views as quite sickening behaviour for at least 17 years.
“The time has come to impose upon you a sentence of such length it is hoped some rehabilitation work can be achieved.”
The judge sentenced Duffy to a total of seven years and seven months in prison and ordered that he remain on a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for life.
Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Craig Lord, of the Calderdale Safeguarding Unit, praised the work of Detective Constables Katy Butler and Jon Walker, as well as police partners, in bringing Duffy to justice.
“I want to send a clear message out to anyone involved in child sexual exploitation that we will rigorously pursue them and bring them to justice,” he added.