A paedophile has been forcefully condemned in scathing remarks made by the judge who sentenced him to 11 years in prison.

National gymnastics coach Stuart Woods, of Wellington Road, Sandhurst, was found guilty of sexually abusing a child as well as engaging in sexual communication with two others.

Judge Burgess QC told the 34-year-old he was a selfish, highly manipulative, and a volatile man who had done “profound damage” to his victims and their families.

“Your offending against [the victim] was a dreadful violation of [the victim] physically and mentally,” said the judge.

“You have wounded [the victim] deeply and at an emotional level.”

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The remarks came as the defendant was sentenced at Reading Crown Court today (September 17).

Woods was found guilty by a unanimous jury at the same court during August.

Judge Burgess said Woods had groomed vulnerable children who were "suffering from social isolation and low self-esteem," forging a dependence on Woods and the alcohol he gave them.

He said Woods “poisoned” one victim against their family, all the while “feeding your own insecure, narcissistic ego.”

Reading Crown court heard how Woods was 'obsessed' and 'infatuated' with one victim. He emotionally threatened and blackmailed them to get what he wanted, the judge said.

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Judge Burgess sentenced Woods to 10 years each for the two counts of sexual activity with a child, to be served concurrently.

He was also sentenced to six months in prison for each of three counts of engaging in sexual communication with a child, two of which will be served consecutively.

In total Woods was sentenced to 11 years in prison, the second half to be served on licence.

The judge added that Woods deprived himself of credit by not entering a guilty plea, instead being found guilty unanimously by jury.

He has been made subject to a 20 year sexual harm prevention order and restraining order, prohibiting him for contacting any of the three victims or their families.

He must also sign the sex offenders register for life.