A pensioner who left two little girls, aged four and five, living a nightmare after preying on them for sexual gratification was jailed for 32 months in Manchester today.
Ronald Marsden, 80, of Aberford Road, Baguley, admitted two counts of sexual assault on the girls and six counts of making indecent images of his two victims.
The sick pervert took pictures of the girls and kept them on a memory card – the five-year-old girl, who bravely told her mother she had been sexually assaulted on August 9 2012, was snapped holding her Barbie doll.
Detective Constable Emma Cochrane, of the Public Protection Division, said: “Marsden committed the most reprehensible crimes against two young, innocent girls and this is nothing short of a living nightmare for them and their families.
“Both girls have been supported by specially trained officers throughout and they will continue to get this help going forward.
“They have shown incredible bravery, dignity and cooperation for girls so young and I hope that it is of some comfort to them that their parents can now tell them the person responsible is in prison.”
After the girl’s mother contacted police Marsden was arrested the following day and a memory card was found tucked inside his wallet and was seized by police, along with a number of other items including a digital camera that was found inside a sock in a chest of drawers.
The SDHC card and the digital camera were subsequently examined by officers and indecent images of the victim were recovered along with indecent images of another girl, aged four, who was later identified by police.
Detective Constable Cochrane added: “We will thoroughly investigate any and all such reports and if anyone has been a victim of sexual assault, regardless of when it happened, please contact us in complete confidence.”
He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and was made subject of a sexual offences prevention order until further notice after being sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today.
Anyone with information should contact the Public Protection Investigation Unit based at Wythenshawe Police Station on 0161 856 6053, 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.