A MAN from Warrington who sexually abused a young girl more than 20 years ago has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars.
Brian “Nick” Giles, 56, of Padgate Lane, Warrington was found guilty of two counts of underage sex with a 13-year-old, 10 counts of sexual assaults with a girl aged under 15 and two counts of taking and possessing indecent photos – following a four-day trial at Chester Crown Court.
He had denied the offences.
The court heard how Giles subjected his victim to two years of sexual abuse at his then home on Bridgewater Mews, Stockton Heath between 1997 and 1999 from the age of 12.
He also took indecent photos of the victim where he worked at Creative Camera on Cairo Street in Warrington.
During a search of Giles’ home officers seized boxes of images containing indecent photographs of the victim.
The abuse has left the victim suffering with long term mental health problems, the court was told.
Detective Constable Jason Heath, of Warrington CID, said: “This was a horrific series of offences, which has affected the victim throughout her life.
“She has been incredibly brave throughout the case, reliving such terrible offences. I want to thank her for standing up to the attacker and see him brought to justice.”
Detective Inspector Karen Jaundrill, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, added: “No matter the time period of these offences we are committed in bringing these offenders to justice.
“I hope this sentence and the bravery shown by the victim gives others who may be suffering in silence the courage to come forward and speak to us.”