A PAEDOPHILE snatched four girls from the street in the 1980s and 1990s, sexually abused them then dumped them, a court heard.
David Bryant, 65, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court for four separate attacks on victims in Hampshire and Tyneside.
He admitted four counts of kidnap and four counts of sexual assault after cold-case detectives made a link to DNA taken after an attack in Gosport in 1982.
Mark Giuliani, prosecuting, said: ‘A familiar feature of this offending is how the defendant targeted young girls out playing near there homes.
‘Perhaps it is a sad reflection on society in the 21st century that such behaviour is greatly curtailed.’
Bryant, from Ulverston, Cumbria, grabbed a five-year-old as she played outside her home in Rowner and assaulted her.
The girl’s mum had popped into their house to get drinks for the children when he pounced.
One of his other victims, aged three, came from Southampton, and there were also offences in the Northumbria area in the 1990s.
Sentencing was adjourned until a later date to allow reports into Bryant’s state of mind to be prepared.