THE arrest of a man for sexually assaulting a young girl prompted an older victim to come forward to tell police of a similar ordeal.
This week, Robert Collier was jailed after being found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls almost 20 years apart, his most recent victim assaulted in a caravan in Blackpool.
It was only after Collier was reported to police for seriously sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl last year that his earlier victim came forward to reveal her ordeal to the authorities.
Collier, 59, of Edale Close, Atherton, denied all the allegations but was convicted of four sex assaults after a trial by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court.
Sentencing him to seven years, the judge, Recorder Stephen Riordan, QC, said that Collier carried out three of the assaults on the 11-year-old in a caravan in Blackpool.
Her parents noticed a change in her personality but put it down to her age and it was only when a trip to see the Blackpool illuminations was mentioned that she told them what had happened and they alerted the police.
As a result of this a woman whom he had molested in 1995 came forward and told what he had done to her while she was babysitting aged 15.
The court heard that the more recent victim now finds it difficult to go out and is withdrawn.
The older one has also been badly affected and feels guilty that the other girl would not have been abused if she had reported his behaviour at the time.
Collier, a joiner, was ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Amos Waldman, defending, said that Collier, who has no previous convictions, and still maintains his innocence.