Leeds man’s sex attack on girl, 12

Peter Stead.
Peter Stead.
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The mother of a 12-year-old girl groomed and sexually assaulted by paedophile Peter Stead today branded him “scum.”

Stead, 49, of Kingfisher Mews, Morley, showered the youngster with gifts in a bid to win her trust, Leeds Crown Court heard.

He asked her to “forgive and forget” after sexually assaulting her, but the youngster – who cannot be identified – told her mother and Stead was arrested.

Stead was yesterday jailed for nine years after previously admitting assaulting a child under 13 by penetration.

The girl’s mother said after the court hearing: “I’m pleased with the sentence. He is the scum of the earth. My daughter is scared and can’t trust anyone now. She can’t talk to people and can’t sleep.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, she added: “But she is a strong girl and she will get through it.”

Earlier in court prosecutor, John Bull said Stead took the girl to the White Rose shopping centre in Morley last summer and bought her four dresses and a pair of high-heeled shoes.

Stead took the girl out for a meal that night before launching the sex assault.

Mr Bull said: “The defendant said she had two options, she could tell someone about it or forgive and forget.”

Police later discovered traces of Stead’s saliva on the girl’s underwear.

Stead’s lawyer, Richard Reed, said his client was sorry and said no violence or threats were used.

Jailing Stead, Judge Paul Hoffman told him: “You are 49-years-of age, four times the age of your victim. You did this by bribery, by offering her a bait which no child of her age could possible refuse. It is a clear act of grooming. It is a planned offence.”

Judge Hoffman added: “The victim impact statement makes it abundantly plain that this child has been psychologically affected and she will not forget this experience. The probation officer says you are a significant risk to children in the future.”

Stead’s name will be on the Sex Offender’s Register for life and he was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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