A pensioner who groped and kissed a teenage girl was spared jail at Lincoln Crown Court.
Dennis Robinson indecently touched his 14-year-old victim over her clothing and kissed her on the lips.
Abigail Joyce, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Robinson also made comments about her and pulled her top down.
Miss Joyce said “He told her he wanted to see her when she was 16. He would tell her that he loved her.”
The girl made a complaint against Robinson in August last year which led to his arrest.
Miss Joyce said the girl had been badly affected by what happened and had self-harmed.
Miss Joyce said “She feels her life has been wrecked and she doesn’t have a life any more.”
Robinson, 72, of School Close, Maxey, Peterborough, admitted four charges of sexual activity with a child between March 1 and August 15 last year.
He was given a three-year community order with a condition to attend a sex offenders’ rehabilitation programme. He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years and given an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the girl.
On Monday, Judge Sean Morris told Robinson: “You are a dirty old man. You have done untold damage to that girl. You should hang your head in shame.”
Robert Underwood, defending, said Robinson should be given credit for his guilty plea.