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Pensioner jailed after sexually assaulting four girls over 40-year period

An 80-year-old man who sexually assaulted four girls between the 1970s and as recent as last year has been locked up for six and a half years.

Keith Grafton was branded as an “inadequate individual with a distorted view of the world”, by a judge at court.

Grafton’s, from Wrexham, four victims, none of whom can be identified, were all under the age of 12, reports North Wales Live.

Grafton’s offending began in the mid 1970s when he was in his thirties and ended as recently as last year when he was 79, which a judge deemed “worrying”.

Prosecutor John Philpotts told Mold Crown Court the offences came to light last year after Grafton put his hand into the waistband of a girl’s shorts and she reported it to her mum.

The prosecutor said this happened “despite the fact that she was protesting”, with Grafton telling her “This is normal”.

Grafton initially denied the allegation, but further inquiries unearthed further offences against three other victims.

The prosecutor said the first happened in the 1970s when Grafton indecently assaulted a girl under the age of 10.

Then in 2001 he indecently assaulted another girl of a similar age on more than one occasion.

Later that month, yet another girl alleged he had assaulted her.

The prosecutor Mr Philpotts read out victim impact statements.

One, whom is now grown up said she can’t trust anyone and in her late teens “couldn’t face herself in the mirror”.

Another had made three suicide attempts including one which put her in hospital for 48 hours.

Yet another is still seeing a psychiatrist and has been on anti-depressants for over 30 years.

Sean Tully, defending, said Grafton, of Colliery Road, Wrexham, is remorseful.

He suffers from poor health having had a heart bypass and a brain bleed. He now has vascular Parkinson’s disease.

Any jail term could be a “life sentence”.

But the judge His Honour Judge Rhys Rowlands said Grafton’s behaviour against his four victims had been “depraved”. His recent offending last year was “worrying”.

He said: “You are an inadequate individual with a distorted view of life,” and added “justice has caught up with you”.

He jailed Grafton for a total of five years for two indecent assaults plus 18 months for a sexual assault to run consecutively. There was also a 30 month jail term to run concurrently for a further sexual assault.

He was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a restraining order not to contact his victims for ten years.

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