A PREDATORY paedophile is today starting 19 years in prison for sexually abusing two young children.

It is the second time David Michael Rispin, 54, has been jailed for crimes against children.

In 1999, he was jailed for five years for a serious sexual offence against a young child.

York Crown Court heard how he used two children for a number of years for his own sexual gratification.

“You, as a predatory paedophile, groomed them over a period of years and over a long period of years, taking opportunities presented to you to get them on their own and then use them for your own purposes. It is plain from the offences, calculating and cynically you used threats of punishment, force and bribery by way of monies and chocolates to leave them powerless to make a complaint,” Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told him.

“The impact on them was plainly devastating. As their moving personal statements show, they are both still badly affected by your abuse.”

Rispin, who lived in Acomb for a time after his first jail term, before moving to Tinley Gardens, Kirkbymoorside, near Pickering, denied three charges of rape, three alternatives to the rape charges of indecent assault and a further seven indecent assault charges.

The jury convicted him of one rape, one of the alternative charges of indecent assault, and the seven further charges of indecent assault at the end of the seven-day trial, and acquitted him of the rest.

All the offences were committed before he served the five-year sentence.

In addition to the 19-year prison sentence, he was put on the sex offenders’ register for life. He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order banning him from ever contacting his victims, staying in the same house as any child under 16 and having any contact with any child under 16 other than under strict conditions and with the express consent of social services.

Rispin, who gave evidence during the trial, showed no reaction as the jury returned its verdicts, the second time a jury has convicted him.

His barrister Nicholas de la Poer gave no mitigation.

He told the judge: “You have heard from him and you have made an assessment of him, as you have of the complainants.”

The two victims were in court to hear the jury’s verdicts after more than six hours of deliberation.