Foot Fetish Pervert Sentenced

PUBLISHED: 14:02 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 06 May 2010

A WHEELCHAIR-bound pervert with a foot fetish who painted the toenails of young girls and filmed himself sucking their feet has been given a suspended sentence Zolly Littlechild, a 49-year-old paraplegic, stored the mobile phone videos on his computer a

A WHEELCHAIR-bound pervert with a "foot fetish" who painted the toenails of young girls and filmed himself sucking their feet has been given a suspended sentence

Zolly Littlechild, a 49-year-old paraplegic, stored the mobile phone videos on his computer along with thousands of images of girls, some as young as six, in provocative poses.

Police discovered the material and 36 bottles of nail varnish which he used to paint their toenails when they raided his Harpenden flat.

Littlechild appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday having already pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to four charges of sexual assault, one charge of inciting a child to perform a sexual act and another for possessing indecent images of children.

Prosecutor Ann Evans told the court that the victims' parents allowed them into Littlechild's home to watch television with him. She said: "His physical disabilities lulled them into a false sense of security about his motives towards these little girls."

Littlechild told one victim, now aged 10, that the police would put him in prison if she told anyone about what he did. He videoed her putting both her big toes in his mouth and told her to say: "suck it."

Other videos included one young girl asking to play with her Polly Pocket while he was sucking her feet and another girl, now aged 13, was told, "you get stars for that."

In total there were 125 home movies of Littlechild's activities with the children along with 18,394 indecent images, most of which were graded at level one, the lowest level, but some were graded at level two.

Defence barrister Maria Dineen said: "Mr Littlechild is deeply ashamed of his conduct and has shown genuine remorse for the effect his conduct has had on the little girls and their families."

She told Judge Marie Catterson that a prison sentence would be difficult for him due to the nature of his crimes and his disability.

Littlechild, now of Cardinal Avenue, Borehamwood, was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years under the supervision of the probation service.

A Sexual Offence Prevention Order was made which prohibits him from having any unsupervised access with children under 18. It also bans him from painting their toenails.

Judge Catterson said: "It's quite apparent you have what is called a foot fetish."

She said that sucking the youngsters' toes for his own mental sexual gratification had been entirely wrong. "It was an abuse and exploitative behaviour of young children," she added.

Judge Catterson also said the case was made worse because Littlechild had breached the trust of parents who had put themselves out to help him in some cases.

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