THE devastated father of a sex attacker who preyed on a Sheffield schoolgirl has today issued an apology to the young victim.
David Padley, aged 50, of Foxhill, said he wanted to issue a ‘massive apology’ to the girl his 22-year-old son Jordan targeted as she walked home from school.
His son sparked mass panic after grabbing the 14-year-old as she took a shortcut home through woodland between Fox Hill Road and Edge Well Crescent, Foxhill, in November 2010.
Padley was caught over a year later – after an appeal on TV’s Crimewatch and DNA testing in the Foxhill area – and admitted two counts of assault by penetration and another of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.
He was told by Judge Roger Keen QC, who heard his case, that a custodial sentence was ‘inevitable’.
Today Padley’s father, who said he still loves his son, said he was sorry for what had happened and wished he could turn back the clock.
“I want to issue a massive apology to the young girl and her family,” he said.
“I can’t put into words how devastating this has been for everyone involved. The day we found out what had happened was like somebody pulling the world from underneath you. I have been off work sick ever since. I am totally devastated.
“I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I was when I heard what had happened – we had no idea at all.
“If we could do anything at all to turn back time and to make things better for the young girl and her family I could, but sadly I can’t.
“I want them to know that I feel and share their grief. It’s a pain that just won’t go away.”
Mr Padley, overcome with emotion, said he wanted to tell people about the other side to his son.
“People will think he is a monster and will say ‘lock him up’ but he is not a monster. He has made a mistake in his life, a big mistake, but he is going to pay for it and as a family we will help him and get him back on track,” he said.
“There are a lot of broken lives here on both sides.”
Mr Padley said his son, who had worked at Owlerton Stadium since he was 16, had been a ‘model pupil’ during his school days where he was classed as ‘special and talented’.
“Before this everything he had done in his life he had made us proud,” said Mr Padley.
“Everyone who knows him – friends and neighbours – can’t believe it.
“Jordan is so full of regret and remorse for what happened.
“Jordan deserves to be punished, we all know that, Jordan does, but please don’t persecute him.”