An RAF veteran from Lincolnshire who admitted sexually assaulting a young boy on two occasions was today jailed for four years.
Bryan Lockwood, 71, from Legsby near Market Rasen was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
Lincoln Crown Court heard how Lockwood carried out the offences nearly ten years ago when the boy was 12-years-old.
On both occasions, Lockwood touched the boy in an inappropriate way and got the youngster to touch him.
The court was told how the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered from depression after the attack.
Edna Leonard, mitigating for Lockwood, told the court that neither incident was prolonged.
Miss Leonard said: “He is a gentleman who is 71-years-old and has worked for all of his life.
“He admitted what he had done when he was challenged by the police and when he was challenged by his wife on return from the police station.
“He has to face up to the fact that this will be custody, which will be difficult for a man of his age.”
Lockwood, of South Cottage, Legsby, pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault on a child under 13 and two charges of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
When passing sentence, Judge Simon Hirst told Lockwood he had taken into account his guilt plea and the years of service to his country.