A sex attacker who targeted a teenage girl was finally caught six years later after advances in DNA technology.
Kevin Nuttall, 54, was finally jailed yesterday after he performed a sex act in front of a 15-year-old girl at a bus stop on Sharoe Green Lane, Preston, on January 9, 2008.
Thanks to advances in DNA technology, Nuttall was snared in 2014 after he was matched to a sample found at scene.
Nuttall, of Inskip Place Blackpool, was sentenced to 21 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to performing a sex act in front of a child.
His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wept as he was lead away from Preston Crown Court.
Judge Christopher Cornwall ruled that Nuttall – who had a string of previous convictions – was a risk to girls under 16 and slapped him with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
Judge Cornwall said: “Fifteen-year-olds should be able to stand at bus stops without being approached by men three times their age with sexually explicit propositions.
“You don’t presume someone is a prostitute.”
The girl’s mother hugged her weeping daughter and said “it’s over, it’s over” in the public gallery as the monster who gave her daughter sleeping problems, anxiety attacks and post traumatic stress disorder was led away from the dock.
Cecilia Pritchard, defending, said Nuttall believed the girl was 21 and at the time he was having a bad time at home with his wife and seeking comfort with working girls in the area.
But the victim revealed the emotional impact the incident had on her.
Crying whilst reading her witness statement to the court she said: “Since 2008 when it occurred I’ve been regularly visiting my GP for struggles for post traumatic stress.
“I’ve been seeing a specialist concerning suffering from anxiety attacks that I have only overcome with time.
“In the company of males I would suffer panic attacks. I struggled with sleeping.”
Nuttall has previous convictions involving a sexual nature from 1991, 1994, 1998 and in 1978, when he was 17, he was convicted of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill of Lancashire Police said: “Operation Nutmeg is a national response to a legislative change under the Crime and Security Act 2010 enabling officers to obtain DNA samples from those who have historic qualifying offences on their record.
“As a result, Kevin Nuttall, provided a DNA sample in 2014 and a match was made against this crime from 2008.
“We are committed to protecting those in our communities who are most vulnerable and will pursue those like Nuttall, who prey on vulnerable persons and children – regardless of the passage of time.”