Derek Finch aged 81 was branded ‘a predatory paedophile’ by a judge at Exeter Crown Court after he was found guilty of molesting a three-year-old child next to the ice cream cabinet at an Iceland store.
Exeter Crown Court heard how he exposed himself in front of the little girl and even turned her head so she could see.
He was seen on CCTV at the shop in Lace Walk, Honiton hanging around and touching himself over his clothes while following another toddler around the shop.
He then followed that child again after he fled the shop, however was arrested by police nearby.
Finch has a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a child in a toy shop in Honiton and was in breach of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).
Finch, of Church Lane, Alfington, near Ottery St Mary, admitted sexual assault on a child, breach of the SHPO, and two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
He was jailed for two years and four months and made subjects of a new SHPO by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.
Judge David Evans told Finch: “This was the predatory behaviour of a paedophile and is obviously of great concern. I have read the mother’s victim personal statement. She has been left feeling angry at how you behaved and incredibly anxious, as any parent would in that situation.”
Miss Kelly Scrivener, prosecuting, said all the offences happened in the Iceland store in Honiton on December 28, but police were only able to trace the mother of one of the children involved.
Finch’s first offence involved a girl toddler who was out shopping with her mother. He followed them around the store and started touching his groin over his clothing as he watched the child.
The creepy paedophile later told authorities he got aroused by others seeing him playing with himself in public. Shortly afterwards, he noticed a three-year-old girl who had momentarily left her mother to look at the ice cream cabinet.
Finch approached the little girl and spoke to her while touching himself and moved so his groin was right next to her. He then exposed himself while moving the child’s head to ensure she could see him.
Not only was this a vile sexual assault on an innocent child, but the offence also put him in breach of the SHPO, which bans him from any unsupervised contact with children.
Mr Peter Seigne, defending, said Finch had been totally honest with the police about what he had done and why he had done it and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
Mr Seigne argued that he has caring responsibilities for his wife and would struggle to serve any jail sentence because of his age, but this fell on deaf ears as the judge sentenced the known beast.
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