A former caretaker has been jailed for 11 years for a string of sickening sex attacks on a schoolboy.
David Barber, 72, hung his head in the dock as he was sentenced for rape, two counts of attempted rape, indecent assault and possessing indecent images of a young boy he met through his work at a Lancashire school.
Preston Crown Court heard how Barber first assaulted the schoolboy in a classroom, but began to spend time with him outside school, assaulting him at a flat in Chorley and a house in the Preston area.
The offences came to light when the victim – who is now an adult – confided in his partner and reported the abuse to police.
Barber, of Greenwood, Bamber Bridge, was arrested on two occasions, in May and September last year and a number of images depicting the youngster were found on his computer.
The abuse started when the youngster was aged eight years old and continued until he was 12.
Judge Stuart Baker, sentencing, said: “You came to know him in circumstances where he should have been able to trust you, not as a teacher of course, but as a member of staff at the school where he was a young pupil.
“You secured yourself a position which both (the victim) and his parents would have been entitled to assume would leave him safely in your company. By committing these offences you have grossly, persistently and flagrantly abused that trust.
“It has affected his relationships with members of his family, it has caused him to be troubled during his adolescent years and even now he still bears the mental scars resulting from what you did.
“I can only consider you culpable in this way – that for entirely wrong, perverted reasons of your own, you saw that an opportunity was there to target this little boy as he was, you engaged his trust, you abused that, you did it at a time he was clearly vulnerable and you put pressure on him not to tell anyone what you had been doing to him.”