Child abuser who claimed victim was lying jailed for five years

A child abuser who told police his victim was lying has today (Fri) been jailed for more than five years.

Calderdale man Richard Wear, 62, committed offences against a young girl more than a decade ago, but today a judge heard that his crimes had left the complainant suffering from anxiety and panic attacks.

Wear, who recently suffered a stroke, pleaded guilty at earlier hearings before Bradford Crown Court to charges of sexually assaulting a child under 13 and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Andrew Hatton was told by prosecutor Catherine Silverton that the sexual assault matters involved Wear touching the complainant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, over her clothing.

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

When Wear, of Wells Court, Boothtown, Halifax, was questioned about the allegations by the police he said it had been a long time ago and he had not intentionally touched the complainant.

Miss Silverton said Wear denied being naked from the waist down during one incident and accused the complainant of being a liar.

But Wear, who had no previous convictions, was today jailed for five years and three months after Judge Hatton said he had sought to shift the blame to the complainant when he was interviewed by the police.

“This offending by you was a very significant part of the problems she experienced and continues to experience,” the judge told Wear.

“You are going into a custodial environment where you are potentially at risk of Covid and there is authority to indicate that I should bear that in mind in setting the appropriate sentence and I do so.”

Judge Hatton explained that had Wear been convicted following a trial he would have faced seven years in prison, but his guilty pleas to the offences meant he was entitled to a 25 per cent reduction in that sentence.

The judge ordered Wear to register as a sex offender with the police for the remainder of his life and also imposed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order which restricts his contact with females under 18.

YorkshireLive – Halifax