A former headmaster who sexually abused a six-year-old girl in his own home while her unwitting parents waited in another room was jailed for four-and-a-half years today.
Depraved Simon Moody, now 71, attacked the innocent girl in 1998 after she visited his home with her parents for a computer lesson.
Warwick Crown Court heard that Moody took the girl into the computer room of his house and pulled down her trousers and knickers before he indecently assaulted her.
Iain Willis, prosecuting, said: ”Before the incident came to an end she was told to wait while he got a camera.
”He took pictures of her with her trousers and knickers down and her top pulled up.”
Moody, former headmaster of Ridgeway infant’s school in Redditch, pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault and two of making indecent images of children.
The frightened victim, now a teenager and cannot be named for legal reasons, kept the awful secret for a number of years until she recently confided in her boyfriend.
Sick Moody was also convicted of sexually assaulting another girl in 2002 after he had originally denied the crime.
Mrs Justice Dame Julia Macur said: ”In 2002 a young woman made a complaint against you.
”You denied it, and your good standing in the community prevented any further investigation – she was disbelieved.
”You have now had the good sense to show your remorse by pleading guilty to that offence which was resurrected following the investigation of your further sexual offending.
”Both victims of your indecent assaults were very young girls and they were vulnerable. You abused your position of trust.”
Moody, of Elgar Avenue, Malvern, Worcester, said he had been interested in young girls ”for a very long time” and had downloaded images onto his computer.
Police found 32 still and 80 moving images on Moody’s computer hard drive. A total of 88 were classed as level four, showing adults engaging in penetrative sex acts with children, and two involved level five acts of sadism.
Kevin Saunders, defending, said: ”Were he to be sentenced for any other offence, I would be able to advance on his behalf his previous good character, his years of service to the community and years of service to his profession.
”But in these circumstances they serve only to be aggravating features. The further tragedy is that any good he has done, his life-time profession and his commitment will always be viewed with cynicism. He is thoroughly ashamed.”
Moody has been ordered to register as a sex offender for life and has been made subject to a sexual offences prevention order.