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Wellington, Oct 16 NZPA - A man who used what a judge described as his aggressive nature to enforce his authority over a young girl has been jailed for sexual offences against her.

Blenheim man Robert Wayne Clifford, 37, initially denied the charges -- three of sexual connections with a child under 16, one of indecent assault on a child under 16 and assaulting a child under 14.

He changed his plea and admitted them on August 26 this year, appearing for sentence in Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Judge David McKegg said Clifford had used the aggressive nature of his personality to enforce authority over the girl, the Marlborough Express reported.

The offences happened over a seven-month period in 2006.

"This was premeditated and predatory offending by you," Judge McKegg said.

Judge McKegg said a five-year sentence was called for, but he would reduce it by 18 months, given Clifford's guilty plea.

However, he said there were no mitigating factors to the offending.

"Children of that age require the care and protection of responsible adults...you made her into some sort of play thing, a disgraceful way for anyone to deal with a child."

Judge McKegg sentenced Clifford to three years and six months prison for sexual connection with a young person, 18 months for indecently assaulting a young person and one year for assaulting a child. The terms were concurrent.

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