AN award-winning foster carer who gave a home to hundreds of vulnerable children has been jailed after he admitted sexually abusing a young girl.
AN award-winning foster carer who gave a home to hundreds of vulnerable children has been jailed after he admitted sexually abusing a young girl.Vile Derek Kirton, who had been praised by Peterborough City Council for his dedication and hard work, has been locked up for eight years.
The 61-year-old, who has been a foster carer since 1986 and has looked after hundreds of children, admitted abusing the girl after watching her undress, Peterborough Crown Court heard.
Kirton handed himself into police and admitted abusing the girl for nine months.
He admitted his offences and told police he used the internet to search for porn and lusted after young girls.
He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of assaulting a child under 13 and four charges of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Prosecutor Jacqueline Matthews-Stroud said that the victim told police she had been abused every morning for about a year.
Kirton broke down as his defence barrister, Ruby Hamid, said: "His whole life will be lost when he is released from prison.
"He will have no family, no partner and no home. "He has been punished severely and the effect will be long lasting.''
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Jailing him Judge Nicholas Coleman told Kirton: "It's impossible to comprehend what drove you to do this. You may have been satisfying your sexual needs by internet images, but to translate your desire to act out your corrupted mind defies belief.
"No apparent physical harm was caused to the girl, though who knows what psychological harm will follow what you did.
"I accept what you have done for other children.''
Kirton, of Sheepwalk, Paston, was given concurrent sentences for all 17 charges.
He was given a sexual offences order banning him from approaching
children under 16 without supervision, and is also prohibited from using the internet to search for child pornography.
He will be placed on the sexual offenders register on his release from prison.