A former neighbour of paedophile Jimmy Savile has avoided jail for sexually abusing a young boy in the 1980s.
Michael Wise got the young boy to carry out sex acts in exchange for a scooter after he received advice from the infamous TV host, a court heard.
On Thursday, the 73-year-old pleaded guilty to gross indecency with a child under the age of 14 and was handed a suspended sentence.
Prosecutor Paul Reid said the victim regularly had to help the defendant who has cerebral palsy and has been wheelchair-bound for most of his life, LeedsLive reports.
Mr Reid said that on multiple occasions the defendant trapped the boy between his legs and groped him, but he was too young to think anything of it and carried on helping him.
He said the victim remembers being brought by the defendant to Savile’s home for dinner and his friends being jealous at the time.
Mr Reid said Wise and Savile were friendly, adding: “Savile had one time ‘fixed it’ for the defendant to obtain his first car.”
Once when the defendant was in the victim’s home in Huddersfield, he asked for a scooter.
The defendant, who was sitting naked in his wheelchair except for a blanket over his lap, said he would get the boy one in exchange for a favour.
Leeds Crown Court heard he told the boy that he could either perform two sex acts.
He described there being a ‘weird atmosphere’ after the offence had taken place.
Later that day, the defendant bought the victim a scooter.
The victim told his family about the abuse but he was not believed and ended up in care as a result.
As an adult, the victim emailed the defendant asking him if he remembered the offence.
The defendant replied saying: “That was a terrible thing to do and I am truly sorry.
“I can’t right the past. Shall I phone the police and make a confession? I feel guilty and hate myself.”
The victim went to the police in March 2019.
In his first police interview with an appropriate adult, Wise made no comment.
He then requested a second interview and told an officer that he had not asked the boy to perform oral sex on him.
Mr Reid said: “The defendant said he was an acquaintance of Savile, who had told him, ‘Never to do anything for nothing’ – which he understood to be an inference in a sexual context.”
In a statement, the victim said: “Michael used his many friendships with famous people and disability to get whatever he wanted.
“Telling the truth did me no favours. I was depressed and alone and was branded a liar. I started acting up and asked to be put in care.
“Things were no better there than at home.”
He continued: “Michael can never give me back my childhood. I always felt like an outcast.”
The victim said he left school without any qualifications and turned to alcohol, drugs and crime and the abuse has affected his relationships with his partner and his children, adding: “I will never forgive or forget what Michael did no matter how much time passes.”
Wise, now of Oakes Lane, Brockholes, Holmfirth, has no previous convictions.
Jeremy Barton, mitigating, said his client’s disability meant he had a ‘limited ability to relieve himself’.
He said Wise is genuinely remorseful, adding: “It was a relief for him to be able to admit and say sorry for what he had done.”
Mr Barton said the defendant, who has no children, relies on a carer who attends his home twice a day.
Judge Mushtaq Khokhar handed Wise a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
The defendant was also made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
Sentencing, the judge said: “The lives of such victims are derailed by an event of this type.
“I am sure you did not have that intention in mind to cause such damage but that is a natural consequence of the offending.
“[An adult] man with children of his own still finds it difficult to cope with the abuse that took place many, many years ago.”