June 2020

Paedophile who sexually assaulted child pleaded ‘I can’t go to jail’

A paedophile from St Helens has been jailed after sexually assaulting a young girl.

Adrian Beales, 46, said “I only touched her” when he was confronted after the incident.

However, after appearing shocked he admitted the offence said “I’m sorry” and “I can’t go to jail”.

He was charged with sexual assault of a child under 13 after he touched the girl both under and over her clothing, Jane Morris, prosecuting, explained.

In interview, Beales admitted the offence and said he was “ashamed”.

Beales, of Peterlee Close, St Helens appeared at Liverpool Crown Court before Judge Gary Woodhall.

While charged with one offence, two other incidents of a girl being touched over her clothing were brought to the attention of the judge.

However, due to the way the charges had been brought, he was only able to be sentenced based on one incident, which was the most serious.

The court heard how the defendant had no other previous convictions and was of good character.

Judge Woodhall sentenced Beales to three years in prison, half of which he will serve in custody and half of which will be served on licence.

A Sexual Harm and Prevention Order was also put in place for 10 years and Beales was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.