A PAEDOPHILE who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl has been jailed for four years.
William John Jones’ offending against the girl was brought to the attention of the police after she confided in her dad.
Jones, 41, of Minffordd, Llanfair Caereinion, indulged in sexual intercourse with the girl.
“The girl was shocked and she chose not to tell anyone,” said Oliver King, prosecuting.
“But she then told her father what happened and he took her to the police station in Newtown.
“At first Jones told police that the girl had climbed on him. He also claimed that he thought she was 16-years-old, but this could not be true as he would have known that she’d recently celebrated her 15th birthday.”
Jones admitted two charges of sexual activity with a child, which involved touching her intimately over her clothes and having sexual intercourse with her.
Paul Smith, defending, said: “The defendant has demonstrated his remorse and is disgusted with himself.
“Throughout interviews he has acknowledged what happened and that he was wrong and to blame.”
But Judge Philip Hughes slammed the jailed paedophile, saying: “You knew she was 15 and the effect on her is something we cannot tell at this stage.
“From her witness statement she is lacking in confidence and is nervous because of what you did, and you did this while you were drinking and initially tried blaming the young victim for encouraging you.”
Jones was jailed for four years and was placed on the sex offender’s register indefinitely.
He was also made the subject of an order preventing contact with children except under certain conditions.