Padiham grandad jailed for ‘ice cream’ sex attack on little girl

Paul Wareing, who has been locked up for seven years after he admitted assault on a child under 13 by penetration and sexual assault. (s)
Paul Wareing, who has been locked up for seven years after he admitted assault on a child under 13 by penetration and sexual assault. (s)

A PERVERT who gave a little girl an ice cream to try and distract her while he molested her has been locked up for seven years.

Paul Wareing (60) committed sex acts on the victim, a primary school pupil, and told her not to tell anybody. He struck in a secluded part of a house, thinking he would not be discovered, but was caught out after the child’s mother, who thought she was playing out, went to look for her and found her pedal cycle, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Wareing, a father and grandfather, then went to London for two days, but came back, turned himself in at Burnley Police Station and was arrested. He not only confessed, but was so frank the victim did not have to be interviewed as he told officers everything.

The hearing was told the defendant, who had convictions for indecently assaulting a schoolgirl when he was 46, went on to tell police he had been attracted to the little girl and had got a “weird buzz” out of what he had done. He said it was a really stupid thing to do and that he wanted his head examining.

Wareing, of Berkeley Crescent, Padiham, had admitted assault on a child under 13 by penetration and sexual assault, both on February 25th. He was given four years extended licence.

Sentencing him, Judge Beverly Lunt told him he had targeted the victim and groomed her. She added: “I am quite satisfied that you are a dangerous offender and there is a significant risk of you causing serious harm to females.”

The defendant was also disqualified from working with children and given a sexual offences prevention order, banning him from approaching, associating with or being in the company of any female under 16 and from allowing any female under 16 into his house. Both are for life.

Mr David Macro (prosecuting) said when the victim’s mother found her the girl told her Wareing had touched her. The mother asked her daughter what Wareing had done and she replied: “Rude things.” The child was very upset and her mother had to explain to her that she had done nothing wrong.

Police were called, by which time the defendant had set off for London. Two days later, he returned and handed himself in.

Mr Macro said Wareing was questioned and admitted he had assaulted the child and had given her an ice cream while he did it. At first, he claimed he did not commit the sex acts for gratification, but because he was a control freak, because it was forbidden and to see if he could get away with it. He said he was attracted to the child.

Wareing had three previous convictions for indecent assault on the schoolgirl and had been given a probation order.

Mr Nick Dearing (defending) said his only real mitigation was the defendant’s full and frank admissions when he gave himself up.

Mr Dearing continued: “Having visited this trauma upon her, he didn’t want to make it any worse.” The defendant had not tried to minimise what he had done or put forward any excuse for his disgraceful behaviour.

The solicitor added: “His family does not want to speak to him any more because of what he has done. They have cut him off completely.”