AN OLD man, aged 81, who lured a 12-year-old to his home to play computer games was caught committing a sex act behind the boy’s back.
Harry Green, of Ronksley Crescent, Shiregreen, Sheffield, positioned a piece of furniture between himself and the boy so the child couldn’t see what he was doing, Sheffield Crown Court was told.
But he was caught when the boy’s relative, who had gone to collect him, looked through the window and spotted him.
Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said the child would visit Green regularly to play computer games when he went to see his own relatives. “Other children in the area had, for about five years, been in the habit of visiting the defendant’s home to play computer games,” she added.
Last September the boy spent the afternoon and early evening at the defendant’s house before two of his relatives went to collect him.
They looked through the window and saw the boy sitting in an armchair, playing a computer game and looking at the screen.
But Miss Gallagher said: “Mr Green was wearing no lower clothing. Between them was a sofa.” The police were called and was Green arrested.
The child told police he was unaware of Green’s actions. Police also spoke to other children who had been at the property and they all confirmed nothing unusual had occurred that they were aware of, said Miss Gallagher.
Green told officers he bought children computer games as he had no-one else to spend his money on.
“He said he always made sure the boy couldn’t see what was going on by positioning pieces of furniture to deliberately block his view.”
Green, who has no previous convictions and walked into court with a stick, admitted sexual activity in the presence of a child. He was given an eight month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ register for 10 years.
He was also banned from allowing any unaccompanied child into his home.
Judge Trevor Barber told him: “I suspect the biggest punishment for you is having to appear in court. It’s a sad day for you, guilty of an offence of this kind.”