“He stole my innocence and destroyed my life. I am hoping one day, all I want is one day, when I don’t cry.”
A ‘monster’ who sexually abused two young girls in the 1990s has been jailed for more than 12 years, with one of his victims bravely telling court how he ‘destroyed her life’ through his crimes.
Simon Jackson, 51, befriended a vulnerable family, buying sweets, playing games and babysitting for the children when their parents were not available.
The family came to view him as a trusted friend.
“Today we would call that grooming”, said Recorder Philip Parry, sentencing.
But after gaining their trust, Jackson, of Station Road, Wesham, began treating the girls in a “depraved and abusive way” at a house on the outskirts of Preston and in his truck.
One of his victims, who was just eight years old, said she regularly cried when Jackson indecently assaulted her.
Each time Jackson would apologise but said she must not tell anyone.
On one occasion, after he abused her in his wagon, she slammed the door and ran into her home, saying she was going to tell her mum.
Jackson ran after her and slapped her so hard he left a hand print on her body.
The other girl recalled Jackson touching her on seven or eight occasions when she stayed over at the house.
She told a family member about Jackson but felt it was “brushed under the carpet”, Preston Crown Court heard on Thursday (September 9).
The two girls sometimes shared a bed in an attempt to protect themselves from their abuser.
In 2018, one of Jackson’s victims confronted him on social media and asked him why he had touched her when she was a little girl.
Jackson apologised, and with the admission in black and white the woman felt brave enough to go to the police.
He denied the offences but later pleaded guilty to a string of indecent assaults against the two girls.
Judge Parry said: “You haven’t offended for more than 20 years and in that time you have up a stable and successful life for yourself, but your victims have spent the last two decades knowing what you did to them.”
Describing Jackson as a ‘monster’, one victim said: “He took my childhood from me and it has haunted me as an adult.
“Simon stole my innocence and destroyed my life. I am hoping one day, all I want is one day, when I don’t cry.”
The woman said Jackson’s abuse has destroyed her marriage and her relationship with her parents.
She cries daily and suffers nightmares, where she wakes thinking she can smell him till she washes herself with disinfectant.
At times she has felt suicidal and she feels unable to drive on the motorway in case she sees him in his truck.
She has been diagnosed with PTSD as a result of what happened to her as a child.
Judge Parry told Jackson: “She has not been able to enjoy the same period of stability and happiness you have enjoyed. You enjoyed that, knowing what you had done and doing nothing about it.”
The other victim chose not to give a victim impact statement.
Jackson was jailed for 12 years and nine months and was handed a 15 year sexual harm prevention order and 15 year restraining order.