A MAN from Crosby who sexually abused two young girls has been jailed for 21 years.
Paul Shields, 45, was told by a judge in court on Thursday, October 14 that he is “a danger to children as far as serious sexual harm is concerned” and imposed a one year extended sentence.
Shields, of Beechwood Drive, Formby, but formerly of Moorfield Road, Crosby, had been convicted of a catalogue of 22 sexual offences after a trial.
Judge Robert Trevor-Jones told him: “You still maintain your innocence still. You completely refuse to admit what you have done.”
He pointed out that his denials meant his victims were forced to go through the ordeal of giving evidence before a jury at Liverpool Crown Court.
“Both victims refer to the devastating impact on their lives.
“They talk of the daily impact on them and the affect on their mental health.
“They have difficulty in trusting people and forming relationships.
“Quite clearly it amounts to severe psychological harm.
“Their feeling is you have destroyed their lives and suffer enduring trauma.”
Twenty of the offences which included attempted rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault and causing a child to engage in sexual activity involved one of the girls and spanned several years.
The other two offences of sexual assault and causing a child to engage in sexual activity involved the second child.
He had threatened them not to tell anyone but eventually in 2018 they disclosed details of their ordeal and the police were eventually informed.
Gerard Doran, defending, said: “No doubt he will have a very long time to contemplate these matters. No doubt there will come a time when he can take advantage of services available to him in custody.
“I hope that will pay dividends and he will be permitted to return to society.”
The judge ordered Shields, who looked shocked at the length of sentence, to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.