Tony McCarthy of Fairylawn, Coolatooder, Ballinhassig, Co Cork, was sentenced at Cork Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty earlier this year to eight counts of indecently assaulting the girl from 1969 when she was aged 12 to 1977.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said: “His plea is a public acknowledgement the victim is correct which is a vindication of her position to the public. I say that because certain people, not the accused, according to the victim, were blaming her and not putting the blame where it lay, with the accused.
“The offences were gross and continuous and the breach of trust significant.”
The victim said from the witness box earlier this year: “I want to say, Tony McCarthy, you robbed me of my past, you are destroying my present, but from today I will not give you my future.
“Before I was sexually abused I was a happy, carefree, trusting, and loving child. When he began sexually abusing me, he ripped my world apart and turned everything upside down. In the blink of an eye he robbed me of my childhood safety, trust, and innocence.”
Garda Ashling Keating said the abuse consisted of McCarthy fondling the girl’s genital and breasts. Garda Keating said the father of four was involved in wholesale business and had no previous convictions.
Defence barrister Donal O’Sullivan said the accused unreservedly apologised to the victim for what he did.