Jail for child sex offender, 57
A WESHAM man convicted of carrying out sex offences on a young boy has been jailed.
Preston Crown Court heard how Joseph Shepherd was found guilty by a jury – but still protested his innocence.
The 57-year-old, of Weeton Road, Wesham, had been convicted of three charges of sexual activity with a boy.
The court heard that two of the offences had involved him kissing the youngster and a third of touching the child.
Julie Taylor, defending, told the court her client – who worked in a biscuit factory – continued to deny the offences.
He had also been convicted of offences against a different child around 30 years ago.
His partner is said to be standing by him. But the court heard Shepherd had been banned from a local pub after his convictions became known.
Judge Graham Knowles QC told Shepherd the boy had been hurt and damaged by what he did.
He said: “Your conduct was completely self centred and wrong and it merits punishment.”
The judge told him the offences involved grooming and an attempted seduction.
He added: “You attempt to portray yourself as naive and simple, but you are a shrewd and calculating individual.”
Judge Knowles referred to part of a report where a probation officer assessed Shepherd as a predatory and manipulative individual who did not acknowledge the stress and harm sexual offences can cause a victim.
He was jailed for nine months.