Sex offender given four-year jail term

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A 63-year-old man who handed himself to police after admitting sexually assaulting a young girl has been jailed for four years.

David Peck, 63, of Flintergill Court, Heelands, Milton Keynes, appeared for sentence today at Luton Crown Court after previously admitting charges relating to child sex offences.

The court heard it came to light after the girl told her mother she had been touched.

Peck had handed himself in to Luton police station, telling staff he had touched a child, the court was told, claiming that he did not “gain any sexual gratification”.

Stuart Sprawson, defending, said Peck had voluntarily sought counselling and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

He handed the judge references on Peck’s behalf saying: “He is 63 years old, is of previous good character and is remorseful.

“He was held in good esteem by many people who are shocked and devastated,” he said.

Judge Michael Kay QC said he rejected the idea that Peck had no sexual interest in children.

“It is very difficult to say what the psychological damage is to the child in the future. The real evil of offences of this nature is that you have potentially ruined a life,” he said.