A RUGELEY man who sexually abused a young girl has been jailed for five years.
Peter Hemingway began by touching the little girl intimately, Stafford Crown Court heard.
The abuse happened a number of times over a six-month period, until the girl’s family discovered what was happening.
Daniel White, prosecuting, said when police arrested the defendant in July last year, he began to cry.
Hemingway, aged 22, of Greenfields Drive, Rugeley admitted five specimen charges of sexual assault.
Judge Simon Tonking told him: “What harm you have done to [the girl’s] life cannot be predicted. Young children often bear the mental scars for a long time, if not for ever. I accept you are sorry, you were ashamed of what you were doing even while you were doing it.”
Along with the jail sentence, Hemingway was also ordered to register as a sex offender and banned from working with children indefinitely.
Michael Anning, defending, said it was no coincidence that Hemingway began offending just after the death of his mother. Hemingway had made no threats to the girl not to tell or offered her any inducements.
“It has taken him some time to come to terms with what he has done. He can barely believe what he himself has done, it came at a tortured time in his life,” said Mr Anning.