A convicted sex offender has been jailed for 30 months for abusing a Halifax youngster after moving to West Yorkshire from the south of England.
A court heard that Colin Giddy had been convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl back in 1996, but a judge said he had not learned any lessons from that offence.
Bradford Crown Court heard that the former fire service worker had left the West Country after his marriage ended and subsequently suffered severe health problems.
But the 68-year-old, who is now of no fixed abode, was said by a judge to have targeted his latest victim who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Judge Jonathan Rose said Giddy had breached the trust placed in him by the seven-year-old’s mother and he had allowed sexual lust to overtake him.
Giddy pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual assault and Judge Rose highlighted the fact that the night before his intended trial his victim would have been thinking about having to tell strangers about what he had done to her. Barrister Jayne Beckett, for Giddy, described him as a broken man. Giddy will register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and will be subject to a life-long sexual offences prevention order.