A man who sexually abused a young Rugby girl whose mother he had met through an online dating service has been jailed for 13 years.
Barry Giles had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to sexual assault and three charges of assault - but the jury took just an hour to convict him of all four charges.
Following the unanimous verdicts at the end of the trial in October, Judge Trevor Faber had adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.
And last Friday at Coventry Crown Court, where he was then sitting, Judge Faber jailed Giles, 39, of Woodford Halse, for 13 years and also ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.
During the trial prosecutor Simon Ward said Giles had met the girl’s mother, who lived in Rugby, through a dating website.
But last year the girl revealed that on occasions when Giles was at her home and her mother had gone out, trusting him to look after her, he had in fact sexually abused her.
She was aged 11 at the time of the offences.
It was also discovered that during his marriage, when he was about 23, Giles had had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
When his wife found out about that girl, who he had met on a camping holiday, she left him.
His relationship with that girl continued until she was 16.
“That information arose during the course of this investigation, and for legal reasons we cannot now charge him with any offence against her,” added Mr Ward.
Jailing Giles, Judge Faber also barred him from ever working with children on a paid or voluntary basis.
The judge also imposed a sexual offences prevention order, under the terms of which Giles is prevented from having any unsupervised contact with children.