A FATHER has spoken of his devastation after hearing his daughter was abused by someone he knew.
The Burton dad, who cannot be named, was at Stafford Crown Court on May 23 to hear Christopher Adams, 71, of Hurst Drive, Stretton, plead guilty to three charges of engaging in sexual activity with a woman who suffers with learning difficulties.
He said: “We have had a horrendous 18 months.”
His daughter, whose identity is protected by law, had confided in a relative that Adams had been touching her.
He was arrested but initially denied everything. In a video interview with police the victim told them that Adams told her: “Don’t tell anybody, or you’ll get taken away.”
The offences spanned two years from 2010 to 2012, and began when the girl was 16 years old.
Her father said her learning difficulty would have led her to believe what Adams said.
He said: “It took us months to convince her she wasn’t in trouble and she is relieved that she hasn’t had to go to court.
“He has pleaded guilty, but that doesn’t change what’s happened. It’s still upsetting – not just the physical side but the mental side as well.
“It has torn us apart. I wasn’t sleeping, couldn’t concentrate and was arguing all the time.
“Total devastation is the only way I can describe it.”
He said his daughter was now trying to forget about it.
He added: “He completely betrayed our trust. It was something we never expected in a million years.
“I am so angry and frustrated. It’s a massive relief that he has pleaded guilty.”
Adams is due to be sentenced on June 16.
The judge told him to expect a substantial custodial sentence.