A man who sexually assaulted young girls after inviting them to play with rescued kittens has been jailed for 2 years.
The 3 girls, aged 4, 8 and 9, were staying in Adam Saleem’s bed and breakfast with their parents when he invited them into his bedroom in March 2017.
Greater Manchester Police said Halebarns House "boasted itself as a sanctuary for rescued cats" at the time and the kids were keen to spend time with them.
"Seeing this, Saleem opened his bedroom door and told the girls that they could play with them in his room," a spokesperson said. "He then shut the door and invited the girls to sit on the floor while they played with the cats, at that point he sexually assaulted 2 of them."
Saleem, a former military intelligence officer and IT consultant, denied any wrongdoing and claimed he had fallen asleep when the girls entered his room.
The 46-year-old, who has 3 kids, was convicted of 2 counts of sexual assault of a female under the age of 13 at trial.
On Friday he was sentenced to 2 years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
Saleem, of Hasty Lane in Hale, has been ordered to sign the sex offender’s register for 10 years and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order.
The assault came to light in November last year, when one of the girls told her parents what happened and they reported it to police.
Detective Constable Paul Walls said he should feel "utterly ashamed of his actions that day".
He said: "Saleem promised a safe haven for travelling guests and unloved cats, but there was nothing protecting these young girls from his abhorrent behaviour. He looked at these girls playing and instead of seeing a picture of innocence, chose to act on his most twisted desires."
He added: I can't thank the girls enough for telling their parents what had happened. I'm glad for them that the arduous trial's now over and that they can rest easier, knowing Saleem's behind bars."
Other guests at Halebarns House – dubbed Halebarns Hell by one reviewer – described Saleem as "rude, aggressive and intimidating".
"It was reminiscent of a guest house hotel from a horror film," another guest added, while others noted the smell of cats.