A CHILD abuser has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after admitting a string of sexual offences against two boys.
Brian Walshaw, 47, of Richard Street, Brighouse, pleaded guilty to six offences of indecent assault and two of gross indecency with a child.
The offences date back to the early 1990s, but Walshaw, who had no previous convictions, was only questioned by police in June when complaints were made about his activities.
Judge James Stewart QC, sitting at Bradford Crown Court yesterday, heard that both of the victims, who are now in their 20s, had been affected by the abuse and one was on medication and receiving counselling.
Barrister Richard Newbury, for Walshaw, said his client had thought that the matters were over with until they came back to haunt him.
He said: "Mr Walshaw had the knock on the door and of course his world disintegrated."
He told Judge Stewart that Walshaw now looked after his mother, 79, who is in poor health.
But Judge Stewart jailed Walshaw for three-and-a-half years and ordered that he should register as a sex offender with the police for the rest of his life.
He also banned him from getting any kind of work which could involve unsupervised access to children.
The judge said: "Those that have abused children in the past live with the threat of disclosure until they die."
Judge Stewart said both the victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been permanently affected by Walshaw's actions and added: "Who knows what devastation you have caused in their emotional upbringing.
"You're a man of 47 and in all other respects you have been a good person.
"I have references which speak highly of you.
"But I have to look at the overall picture. The public detests this sort of offence and a sentence of imprisonment is inevitable."