A disgusting paedophile from Preston who raped a 9-year-old girl and sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl has been jailed for 16 years at Preston Crown Court.
36-year-old Damon Townsend has found guilty at Preston Crown Court of raping a nine-year-old girl on more than one occasion and sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl under her clothes on several occasions, despite the young girl's pleas for him to stop.
Prosecutor Amanda Johnson told Preston Crown Court how the older victim, aged just nine, had not told anybody about what Townsend did to her for several years until she finally broke down while using a computer at school.
Ms Johnson said: "She became hysterical, she was sobbing, hyperventilating, and distraught. "She said that he touched her and took her virginity.
"She said he sits on the couch and touches her and does sexual things to her, touching her near her private parts. "He puts his 'thing' near her, and she told him to stop it."
During an interview with police, the young girl struggled to recount what happened to her, asking for a break before she wrote down what the paedophile did to her and eventually managed to open up to officers.
The second victim, who was only 7 years old at the time of her abuse at the hands of Townsend, said he would go to hug her and touch her bottom. Ms Johnson said: "He told her to hug him and put his hand in her trousers, between her underwear and trousers.
"He pulled her towards him but she pushed him away. He said to keep it a secret."
During an interview with police, the child showed officers how Townsend molested her using a teddy. In a victim impact statement, she said: "I have had enough of him messing around with my life.
"It's on my mind all the time and I can't escape my thoughts. I have flashbacks that I relive over again.
"I don't trust anyone like a normal child trusts people like teachers and police officers. I don't trust anyone except my parents."
Townsend denied all allegations against him during two interviews with the police.
When officers checked his phone they found 11 sexual images of children and 20 sexual cartoon images of children, his excuse was that he was doing "research for his trial."
At Preston Crown Court, Judge Graham Knowles sentenced Townsend to 16 years behind bars and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders register for life.
Judge Knowles said: "What devastation you have brought in so many lives.
"You are a dangerous man. The public must be protected from you, and you must be punished and punished severely for what you have done.
"You raped a girl no older than nine when she came to visit you. She has had a long wait before she could speak out. She was too scared to tell.
"That's the power the adult has when he abuses a child.
"Under the pretense of a hug, you had been putting your hands down the back of the trousers of a girl aged seven.
"It was open to you to say you did do it but you, to this moment deny that you ever did any of these things."