A WINSFORD father-of-two put a pillow over a little girl’s face to stifle her cries while he sexually abused her.
Paedophile David Worrall, 36, assaulted the primary school girl over a three-year period when he was supposed to be babysitting, Knutsford Crown Court heard.
Worrall was jailed for six years, but could be out in little more than two years after the 241 days he spent on remand is deducted sentence – plus time off for good behaviour.
The court heard Worrall, formerly of Dee Way, repeatedly abused the child from 1996-1999 when he was aged 24-27 and lived at Brecon Way.
She was eight when he began molesting her.
The offences came to light when the victim, who is now 20, confided in her boyfriend’s sister while drunk.
Worrall admitted seven charges of indecent assault and one of gross indecency on the day his trial was due to start.
Prosecutor Peter Moss said the abuse “hurt” the victim and it only stopped when she resisted at the age of 11. Mr Moss said: “She ‘freaked out’ and started kicking him. That was the last time it happened.”
Worrall, who has two previous convictions for indecent exposure from 1989, now has two young children, said Duncan John Bould, defending. “He’s played a positive role in their lives,” he added. “There appears to be no concerns for them.”
He claimed Worrall was “sexually inexperienced and inadequate” and “naive” when he molested the child.
Judge Nicholas Woodward said: “There is no naivety that could justify a 24-year-old man sexually touching an eight-year-old child.”