A pensioner from Cornwall has been jailed for five years for sexually abusing a child.
Brian Ash, 72, of Hillside Villas, Millendreath, Looe, had earlier admitted seven offences of indecent assault over an eight-year period.
Ash's solicitor asked Truro Crown Court for any prison sentence to be suspended because of his client's poor health.
However Judge Christopher Elwen said Ash had ruined the life of his victim and should be imprisoned.
The court also ordered his name to be placed on the sex offenders register.