Pervert jailed for child abuse from years ago

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A paedophile is behind bars after crimes he committed against girls four decades ago finally caught up with him.

Donald Campbell, 66, was jailed for nine months at Portsmouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to three counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency with two different girls between 1968 and 1973.

But Judge Roger Hetherington admitted he could not jail Campbell for longer as he was bound by sentencing guidelines from the time, which were much shorter than now.

The retired merchant sailor committed the crimes when he was on shore leave and living in Fareham.

His first victim was nine when he began touching her in a sexual manner.

She also described an incident where Campbell forced her to perform a sex act on him.

Daniel Sawyer, prosecuting, told how Campbell warned her not to tell anyone or she would 'get into trouble.'

Mr Sawyer said: 'She remembered at the time thinking it was disgusting and revolting and she felt dirty but didn't know why he wanted to do this to her.'

Campbell then began to abuse a second girl who also lived in the Fareham area.

Campbell eventually admitted his crimes and apologised to his now adult victims when they confronted him in the 1990s.

But no criminal investigations took place until February this year.

Sarah Jones, defending, said that Campbell had a history of heavy drinking.

She said: 'It was a brief moment in his life a very long time ago but he understands that for those who suffered at his hands it has lasted much, much longer.

'He is disgusted by his own behaviour and does his best to express that.'

Judge Hetherington heard that significant police investigations had shown up no other cases of abuse in Campbell's past. He said: 'I am satisfied that you don't represent any serious risk at the age of 66 of repetition. Nevertheless, the seriousness of the offences and the nature of them requires that they can only be marked by an immediate sentence of imprisonment.

'I can well understand that your actions were a source of continued distress.

'The victims have had to live with the consequences of your actions, knowing that you haven't had to face justice.'

Campbell, now of Watchet, Somerset, was put on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.