A South Shields sex attacker who assaulted a schoolgirl has been jailed.
Terence Robson was convicted of a historic indecent assault charges by a jury after a trial. Newcastle Crown Court heard the 69-year-old continues to deny the offences and claims the victim made a “malicious” complaint against him.
In a statement read to the court, the victim, who is now an adult said she has been left traumatised by what Robson did to her and added: “I was just an innocent child, I didn’t understand. He took my childhood. I have spent my life worrying about bumping into him.”
Robson, of Victoria Road, South Shields, was jailed for seven years by Judge Stephen Earl He must also sign the sex offenders register for life.
Jamie Adams, defending, said Robson, who had good employment and was in charge of others, was a heavy drinker at the time of the offences. Mr Adams added: “He is a very different man to the man he was then.
“He doesn’t drink at all like he used to.” The court heard he is in poor health, meaning prison will be more difficult for him.