A BRADFORD man who sexually abused two boys has been jailed for six years.

Graham Learoyd, 67, of Little Horton Lane, Canterbury, abused the two boys in the 1980s and 1990s, and pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how Learoyd would carefully plan his abuse.

Richard Woolfall, prosecuting, explained to the court how, in the first offence, Learoyd “masturbated one of the boys for his own sexual gratification” and “was careful not to get caught”.

In the second offence, he straddled the same boy, putting his genitals on the boy’s chest, until the boy shouted “stop” and “get off”.

Mr Woolfall said the third offence was for touching the second boy’s genitalia outside his clothing in a sexual manner.

Learoyd’s catalogue of offending only came to light some years later when one of the victims approached police.

Mr Woolfall read out victim impact statements from both victims which explained how they had struggled in life as a result of their experiences.

He said the first victim described his statement as a “survivor’s letter” and was withdrawn as a young man and struggled to make friends.

He said: “As a child didn’t know when someone was using him for their own benefit”.

He said in romantic relationships he struggled to trust his partners, which he put down to his experiences as a child.

For a number of years, he said he could not come to terms with the fact he had been a victim of abuse.

The second victim said he developed anxiety and depression as a result of his experiences.

In mitigation, Andrea Parnham said Learoyd had no previous convictions, and has had two minor strokes in the past five years.

She added: “He does wish to apologise to the victims for the hurt and pain he has caused them.”

Sentencing, Judge Tom Little said: “You regularly offended many years ago.

“The impact of your offending was significant.

“You admitted one count to police voluntarily but denied the other offences, and then pleaded guilty at trial.”

Learoyd was jailed for six years and four months for the first offence, handed a three-year term for the second offence, and five months in jail for the third offence, which will be served concurrently.

He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life.

An NSPCC spokesman said “Learoyd’s victims have shown such bravery in bringing a vile, calculating predator to justice.

“The impact of his sickening behaviour shockingly demonstrates how abuse can devastate childhoods, with lifelong repercussions. We hope the survivors of Learoyd’s abuse have all the support they need.

“Victims must be able to speak out about abuse they have suffered, confident that they will be listened to and justice served. We hope that the outcome of this case reinforces that message.”

Anyone who is concerned about a child’s welfare is urged to call the NSPCC’s Helpline on 0808 800 5000. If a child is in immediate danger then dial 999. Children seeking advice and support can call Childline on 0800 1111 or via www.childline.org.uk