A man suffering with early onset dementia has been jailed after he was caught in bed with a young girl.
Andrew Davidson was struggling to cope with the collapse of his marriage and spiralling debts when he assaulted his victim, a court was told.
He has now been locked up for 28 months after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a child - even though he claimed he could not remember the offence.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the attack happened at his home in Dolcliffe Close, Mexborough, last August and when arrested Davidson, aged 58, initially denied the offence.
But on the day he was due to stand trial he confessed, despite telling his legal team he could not remember anything.
Instead he told his counsel that he believed his young accuser who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The court was told that Davidson was caught assaulting his victim by another child.
The youngsters later told an adult about what had happened and the police were brought in and an investigation launched.
Rachael Harrison, prosecuting, told the court that Davidson’s young victim had ‘started crying’ when she reported the attack to police officers.
Kath Goddard, representing Davidson, described his actions as ‘entirely out of character’ and said the offence coincided with a number of difficulties which included separating from his wife, difficulties at work and running up debts.
The barrister said Davidson he had always led a ‘decent hard-working life providing for his family’ but the offence had led to him losing his home and most of his possessions.
“Bearing in mind the consequences of offending he has pleaded guilty to, a plea in these circumstance has taken real courage.”
She said there was ‘absolutely nothing in the defendant’s previous behaviour that would have given the slightest cause for concern’.
Judge Paul Watson QC described the offence as a ‘moment of weakness’ but said it was so serious only prison could be justified.
He said Davidson’s young victim would have to live with the incident for the rest of her life.
Davidson was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 10 years.