Leeds sex offender targeted girl, 10, as she played in street

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A SEX offender who targeted a ten-year-old girl as she was out playing with her friends has been jailed.

Gareth Briggs, 26, was sent to prison for two years, four months after a court heard how he tried to get the youngster to take off her clothes during a game of hide and seek.

Leeds Crown Court heard Briggs approached the girl as she was playing with friends during the school summer holidays last year in the West Park area of the city. Briggs persuaded the youngsters the come with him to play a game of hide and seek and preyed on the youngster when he was alone with her.

The court heard the youngster was brave enough to refuse his demands to undress.

Briggs then offered to buy the girl sweets if she went along with his demands but she continued to refuse.

Briggs then told her that she would be in a lot of trouble if she told anyone what had happened.

The victim’s mother later reported the incident and Briggs, who was living in a flat at Clayton Court at the time of the incident, was arrested. He pleaded guilty to inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Briggs, now of Bishops Court, Huddersfield, has a previous conviction for groping a young boy in a public toilet committed when he was a youth..

Adrian Pollard, mitigating, described Briggs as immature for his age and said he was not fully aware of how serious his offending was.

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “You pose a high risk of harm to children and you pose a high level of risk of re-offending in a sexual manner.”