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A sick ex-army captain claimed he was being a "good samaritan" to a sleeping child he molested on a train.
Michael Hunt was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court after he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl on a Merseyrail train in April 2019.
The 62-year-old was sentenced to ten months in prison after a train guard caught him twice molesting a child.
On Friday a judge at Liverpool Crown Court branded Hunt "arrogant" and "entitled", declaring he "targeted" the "defenceless" child as she slept.
Judge Gary Woodhall told the court the assault left the girl "hysterical" and "asking for her mum".
The judge said: "You took advantage of her when she was in this vulnerable state for your sexual gratification.
"You no doubt believed she either wouldn't understand what was happening to her or she wouldn't even know what was happening to her.
"She was defenceless."
Judge Woodhall said: "Either you were disinhibited by drink or if sober you were willing to take remarkable risks in public for your own sexual gratification no doubt believing your good character and status would go a long way to helping you avoid detection and conviction."
Citing a report, the judge said the offending took place because of Hunt's "sexual arousal coupled with a sense of arrogance and entitlement".
Hunt's entitlement was summarised by the judge as he described Hunt's decision to assault the girl a second time, after having already been caught.
The judge said: "Despite having been challenged and being caught in the act, worryingly, astonishingly and brazenly you repeated your actions."
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Hunt, of Formby, handed himself in after CCTV images were released by British Transport Police.
The court also heard the devastating impact the assault had on the young teen, leaving her "suffering from nightmares and disturbed sleep" for five months.
Judge Woodhall said: "She had to change the way she travelled to and from school which was an inconvenience."
Speaking to Hunt the judge said: "As a father of a daughter yourself you must appreciate the significant effects this sort of personal violation would have on a 14-year-old girl."
As he passed sentence the judge also commented on the delay, but noted that this was primarily due to the trial having to take place.
The judge said: "You lied about your motives suggesting you were a good samaritan. Your evidence was rejected by a jury."
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