Leeds pervert jailed over sexual affair with schoolgirl

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A PERVERT who groomed a 12-year-old girl before having a sexual relationship with her for three years has been jailed.

Wayne Gidman, 47, was sent to prison for seven and a half years after a court heard his victim had suffered life long psychological harm.

Leeds Crown Court heard Gidman got the vulnerable youngster pregnant, gave her drugs and played “mind games” with her during the offending, which took place over a decade ago.

Gidman, of Arthington Grove, Leeds, pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual activity with a child and seven of indecent assault.

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Kitty Taylor, prosecuting, said Gidman took advantage of the youngster before starting a sexual relationship with her when she was 13.

Gidman told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her and she became emotionally depend upon him.

The court heard that after having sex with the youngster for the first time, he went to the pub and he returned with two women before having sex with them.

During his relationship with the girl he allowed her to smoke cannabis and gave her ecstasy tablets.

Gidman also showed the girl pornography and on one occasion encouraged her to kiss another girl in front of him.

Her education suffered as she would miss school to be with Gidman.

At one stage the girl became pregnant by Gidman but told her mother that the father of the child was a boy from her school.

Gidman had sex with her the day after she had the pregnancy terminated.

Father-of-five Gidman ended the relationship when she was 16 after he began a relationship with another woman.

Miss Taylor said the victim, now aged in her twenties, had suffered a psychological breakdown as a result of what Gidman had done to her and tried to commit suicide.

The court heard how she still feels “haunted” and as though her childhood had been taken away by Gidman.

Gidman was arrested after the victim found the courage to contact police in 2013.

Alexander Menary, mitigating, said Gidman accepted he would be facing a lengthy prison sentence.

He asked Recorder Mark McKone to give Gidman credit for pleading guilty and sparing the victim the ordeal of giving evidence at a trial.

Recorder McKone told Gidman: “You took advantage of her vulnerability and emotional dependence on you.”

“Your offending is bound to have a life long impact on (the victim). She feels her childhood has been taken away.”

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