An estate and letting agent who groped a teenage girl has been jailed for 19 months and will have to register as a sex offender for the next ten years.
Darren Ludbrook, of Shibden, Halifax, gave the teenager a lift in his Mercedes S-Class car.
He twice stopped the car, trapping’ the girl in it while he first started rubbing her legs and then put his hand down her bra and grabbed her breast.
Ludbrook, 43, who was fined and bound over for indecent exposure nearly 20 years ago according to local media, told the teenager not to tell her parents, but was subsequently confronted by them.
Prosecuting, Jayne Beckett told Bradford Crown Court that Ludbrook said he had only kissed the girl. He had later told the police that the girl wanted to kiss him.
However, Judge Jonathan Rose said it had been an act of cowardice for Ludbrook to try and blame his victim.
The Judge told Ludbrook: “You believed, possibly through the arrogance of your position and your years, that she would have a sexual interest in you.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. She was not remotely interested in you.
“This was not a moment of madness. This was something you led up to and you targeted her.”
The Judge said it was an utterly appalling offence which had terrified the girl.
For Ludbrook, Abdul Shakoor said his client now accepted that what he had done was wrong.
He said Ludbrook had to sell his estate agency business because of the stress caused by the court case, but was currently running a lettings business.
According to Companies House, he resigned on May 1 this year as a director of Ludbrook Estates. Other directorships of property firms are listed.