Ten years for God-fearing child pervert

Bryan Griffiths, of Hove Road, St Annes, who has been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing children
Bryan Griffiths, of Hove Road, St Annes, who has been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing children
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A PERVERTED pensioner who turned to God in a bid to halt his offending has been jailed.

Bryan Griffiths was responsible for the sexual abuse of three “extremely young” girls but was not originally reported to police because he agreed to undergo counselling at a church.

However, the 76-year-old, of Hove Road, St Annes, struck again and will now spend 10 years behind bars after being locked up by a judge at Burnley Crown Court.

The court heard Griffiths’s first victim had broken down last year after almost two years of abuse and opened up to her parents about what was going on.

David Macro, prosecuting, said the girl had been too upset to speak, but had nodded her head when asked if anyone had touched her, before breaking down in tears.

But rather than turn to the police her parents agreed not to involve the law if Griffiths agreed to have church counselling.

It later emerged Griffiths had screened televised sexual content in front of the young schoolgirl before copying what was taking place on screen with her.

And it was only after he molested two further victims – both on the same day in January this year – that the pensioner was finally arrested.

Mr Macro said Griffiths came to the attention of police after he was confronted by a mother and admitted he had “done it” and had “done it before”.

When he was cautioned by police he told them: “There is nothing I can say. I’m guilty, that’s all there is to it.”

The court was told the defendant had been unable to explain his behaviour, simply admitting he knew what he had done was wrong.

Griffiths said he had got no sexual gratification from what he had done, but admitted he had told the youngsters not to tell anyone about the incidents because what he had done to them was very bad.

He admitted six counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, one allegation of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two charges of further sexually assaulting a child under 13.

Jailing the defendant, Judge Jonathan Gibson told Griffiths the offences were very serious and could affect the victims for years to come.

He added: “Sexual offences and the sexual abuse of children ruins lives. Very often the effects of what has happened are not evident until very many years after the event.”