A man who tried to entice a young schoolgirl to go with him by telling her he knew of a skip where they could find toys, has been jailed for two years.
Peter Hayes got to know the girl through her family in Leeds but her mother had become increasingly uncomfortable at his attitude to her daughter.
On one occasion when she and another girl were playing together in the garden outside she saw him watching and asked him to go.
Joanna Butler-Savage prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court the girl was playing in the street when Hayes approached her and held her hands.
He told her he liked to search in a skip behind a store and would find DVDs and toys and wanted her to go with him but when the youngster asked if she could tell her father, Hayes said no.
The girl later told her parents and Hayes was arrested.
He said he knew she was under 10 but viewed her as a friend.
He said he had only told her he could get stuff and asked if she wanted anything and at the time he denied he would have taken her away.
But Miss Butler-Savage said it was the Crown’s case there was a sexual motive. There were disturbing elements in his account since he admitted knowing her exact school day routine.
She told the court the family had been devastated.
Richard Reed representing Hayes said he was of a very low intellect, a psychologist assessed 99.9 per cent of the population above him.
Hayes, 43, of Broadlea Oval, Bramley, Leeds admitted attempted child abduction. He was barred from working with children in the future.
Sentencing him Recorder Mark Gargan said he had taken into account his limited intelligence but it was a serious offence.