A PERVERT who indecently assaulted a teenage girl at Wrexham's swimming baths has been banned from every sport centre and swimming pool in the land.
The special restraining order, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the UK, was made under the Sexual Offences Act against Christopher John Padday, 46, who admitted he fondled a 15-year-old girl's breasts.
It happened on four occasions in the 'rapids' section of Wrexham Waterworld Swimming Pool.
At Mold Crown Court Padday, of Belton Road, Whitchurch, was jailed for 12 months after he admitted indecent assault.
He was ordered to register as a sex offender with the police for the next 10 years and an order was made that he should never work with children.
But Judge Geoffrey Kilfoil also made a special restraining order under which he cannot approach his victim, or enter any public or private sports centre or swimming pool for the next 10 years.
The judge said such an order was needed to protect the public, particularly young girls.
The victim suffered from depression before the incident, but Padday's actions had made her worse and she was now scared of men and had also destroyed her swimming costume as she could not bear to look at it, or wear it, again.
Judge Kilfoil told Padday that it had been a very distressing incident for the girl.
He had indecently assaulted her deliberately a number of times but could not bring himself to admit that for some time.
The victim must have had a miserable Christmas and New Year with the incident in the back of her mind, believing she would have to give evidence against him, said Judge Kilfoil.
'Even after she got out and complained to staff and you were watched, you did it again when she got back in to the water,' the judge told him.
Judge Kilfoil said he was conscious of the fact Padday was a man of good character who had thrown it all away and there would be considerable disgrace when the public came to know what he had done. But the personal circumstances of a defendant had to take second place behind the duty of the court to protect victims who were sexually assaulted.
There had to be a prison sentence, not just to punish him, but to act as a deterrent to others.
The judge described it as an easy offence to commit but said it took courage for a victim to report it and go through with the complaint.
The judge made an order that the victim and her friend should not be publicly identified.