Northampton man jailed after admitting child sex abuse
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A Northampton man has been jailed for two years after admitting to child sex offences.
Bradley Jones, aged 23, appeared before Northampton Crown Court for sentencing earlier this month.
The court heard how his offending began in 2015 when, aged 17, he befriended his victim, then aged just 12, and began to inappropriately and sexually touch her against her will.
After instructing his victim not to tell anyone of his repeated abuse of her, it took the girl two years to pluck up the courage to reveal what had been happening to her, leading to a report to Northamptonshire Police in 2017.
Although at initial court hearings Jones had denied the offences, on June 15 this year he finally entered guilty pleas to four counts of sexual assault on a child under 13.
At his sentencing hearing on July 20, Jones, formerly of Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, was sentenced to a total of 25 months’ imprisonment.
Two further charges, of sexual assault of a child under 13, and sexual activity with a child, will lie on file.
Jones was also made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order, intended to prevent him from reoffending in the future. He will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
Speaking after the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Stacey Hayes, of Northampton CID at Northamptonshire Police, said: “On behalf of the incredibly brave victim in this case, I am so happy that Jones has been jailed for his crimes.
“Jones befriended his victim and essentially began to groom her, leaving her scared, uncomfortable and confused as his abuse of her escalated.
“These offences have had a significant impact on the victim and her family, and she continues to suffer the effects of Jones’ actions to this day.
“As this was a non-recent crime, we did not have any physical evidence of what Jones subjected his victim to. What we did have was a courageous and determined young woman who came to us with a compelling account of the abuse she had suffered, and as a result of her bravery we now have a successful court outcome that I hope will help her to move on with her life.
“Northamptonshire Police takes all reports of sexual abuse incredibly seriously – whether it has just occurred or took place in the past.
“If you have been subjected to abuse of any form, please take that first step and come forward to report it to us – we will listen, we will support you and we will do everything in our power to ensure you get justice.”