Pensioner jailed for assaulting girl, seven

Arthur Till, 65, of Preston, jailed for four years for inciting a child and sexually assaulting a child aged 7 at Preston Crown Court today.

Arthur Till, 65, of Preston, jailed for four years for inciting a child and sexually assaulting a child aged 7 at Preston Crown Court today.

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A pensioner has been jailed for four years after carrying out sexual offences against a seven-year-old girl.

Dressed in a blue padded coat, Arthur Till, 65, of Oakenclough Road, Scorton, near Lancaster, clasped his hands in the dock and looked at the floor as he was sentenced, watched by two women in the public gallery.

He previously admitted two counts relating to inciting a child into sexual activity and touching a child.

The youngster cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Judge Pamela Badley, sitting at Preston Crown Court, said he had spoken to the child in an “utterly inappropriate manner”.

She said: “She was willing to listen to you although whether she understood precisely what you were talking about is a different matter.

“It is apparent from the child’s mother than in the weeks that have gone by since these events, she has been turning these worries over in her head and the effect on her cannot be overestimated

“ It appears that you had some breakdown in your relationship with your wife and you thought to engage this seven year old child in a sexual release, and that’s what it is described as in a pre-sentence report.

“These are serious offences.”

She said the nature of conversations he had with the child put it into a more serious category.

She said she was unable to suspend his jail term but added: “I believe you are capable of receiving guidance in relation to you misguided thinking.”

He was made subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

The judge ruled he must also sign the sex offender’s register.