An elderly child molester with an 'appalling' criminal record was jailed yesterday for four years and eight months after indecently assaulting a schoolgirl months after being released from prison. District Court judge Alan Wright branded Chuk Chi-kai, 66, a 'paedophile who cannot and will not curb his own conduct'. 'The previous sentences apparently gave him not the slightest deterrence. This [criminal] record demonstrates the accused has been a menace to the community over the past 40 years. 'This a truly appalling record.' Chuk, who pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault, has 20 similar previous convictions. He was sentenced to 24 years' jail in 1985 after being convicted of indecent assault and false imprisonment. He was released last May, and committed the latest offences in October. In the 1985 case Chuk was imprisoned for molesting seven young girls, aged nine to 12, on April 13 of that year - the same day he was released from a previous 14-year jail term for similar offences. Prosecutor Sally Yam Ho told the court in the latest case that Chuk approached a 12-year-old schoolgirl in Shamshuipo at about 3pm on October 15 as she made her way home. He asked the girl for directions, claiming he was looking for a woman whose mother had been knocked down by a car. Chuk asked the girl to accompany him to find the woman, and took the girl across the harbour, ending up in Siu Sai Wan. During the journey he put something into the girl's mouth, but she spat it out at once. Chuk told her that the object was poisonous and said she could only be rid of it by having her breasts massaged and private parts touched. He then molested her for several hours at a seating area at Siu Sai Wan public housing estate. Chuk took the girl back to Shamshuipo at 3am the following day and told her to go home alone, said Ms Yam. The girl's parents had reported her missing to police by the time their daughter returned. Chuk was arrested at Siu Sai Wan Shopping Arcade on the night of November 22 when the girl, accompanied by her mother and three police officers, identified him, the court was told. Police officers also found several tablets of Viagra on Chuk, who was charged with possessing them without a prescription. Chuk pleaded guilty and was given a two-year suspended jail term when the Viagra case was heard in February. He had appealed unsuccessfully against his 24-year-term in 1985. Mr Justice William Silke, who heard the appeal, said at the time that the heavy sentence was 'necessary for the protection of the public'.