A Leyland man who secretly filmed a schoolgirl he was abusing taking a shower has been jailed for three years.
Victor Peake, 47, of Priory Close, admitted 11 charges, including counts of sexual assault on a young teenager, possession of indecent images, and charges of voyeurism, which relate to secretly recording the 13-year-old youngster in the shower.
Judge Jacqueline Beech, sitting at Preston Crown Court, said: “It’s clear you are well respected and well regarded man in the community.
“Why you took the path you did is something that no one knows, not even yourself. This was a sustained repeated sexual assault on the same victim aged 13.”
Wearing a khaki mac, Peake sat in the dock at Preston Crown Court and glanced at the floor, occasionally shaking his head as details were read out. The public gallery was full, with both Peake’s family, and relatives of his victim.
The painter and decorator had earlier tried to claim he was ‘ill’ when questioned about the events.
The father-of-two, an ex Thai boxer, was caught out when his victim’s mother found a recording device hidden in a toiletry basket in a bathroom. A few days later, the brave youngster told her mum about the assaults, one of which had involved him biting her. The judge read a statement from the girl’s mum in which she described the devastating effect on her daughter.
Defending, Adrian Williams said Peake’s Peake was “disgusted” at his actions and added: “He has come prepared but immensely fearful of a prison sentence.”
The victim’s mum previously told the Guardian: “For me, this is not just about prison but about him admitting what he has done to my daughter.”