Molester jailed for groping 14-year-old girl
A CONVICTED child abuser who was spared jail only to offend again shortly after has been sent to prison for two years.
David Reed, who has learning difficulties, was convicted of 16 specimen charges of abuse on a girl aged five to eight and given 12 months' jail, suspended for two years.
Bristol Crown Court heard that, just weeks later, he groped a 14-year-old girl.
Reed, 57, of Kenmare Road, Knowle West, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and breach of a sexual offence prevention order.
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Judge David Ticehurst told him: "It is serious because it was committed days after he was first in front of me.
"If someone is given a chance and then a few days later wilfully commits a further offence, that is a very serious aggravating factor, isn't it?
"If you do it again there will be longer and longer prison sentences followed by imprisonment for public protection from which you may never be let out."
Giles Nelson, prosecuting, said Reed abused a girl and bought her silence with chocolate.
When the matter came to light, he denied wrongdoing but was convicted at trial and, as well as the suspended jail term, was made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order banning him from unsupervised contact with girls aged under 16.
Mr Nelson said the following month the 57-year-old groped a 14-year-old girl, telling her: "Don't you dare tell anybody."
The girl went to the police, the court heard, and initially Reed denied the allegation.
Catherine Spedding, defending, said the groping offence, in isolation, may attract a community order but conceded it was aggravated by her client being given a suspended sentence a month before.
She said: "Mr Reed succumbed to temptation and touched her inappropriately."
Ms Spedding said Reed entered a guilty plea when the matter first came to court.
She described Reed as an older man who spent most of his time at home and was worried about his elderly mother.
The judge told him: "You were not worried enough not to offend."