Man jailed after pleading guilty to 13 child sex offences
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A 21-year-old man has been jailed for three years and four months after he pleaded guilty to non-recent serious sexual offences, including rape, against a 12-year-old girl.
Scott Palmer, also known as Scott Tarry, previously of Gloucester Crescent, Northampton, was 16 when he first started abusing the 12-year-old girl.
During a two-year period, Palmer forced the girl into sexual acts, including raping her on a number of occasions.
The offences finally came to light years later when the girl bravely reported the abuse to Northamptonshire Police and an investigation was launched.
Palmer was eventually charged with three counts of rape, four counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching, four counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by penetration with a part of your body/a thing, one count of causing/inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and one count of being an offender aged 18 or over and causing/inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.
Palmer pleaded guilty to all 13 offences at a hearing at Northampton Crown Court in May, returning to the same court this week (December 11) where he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.
Lead Investigator – Detective Sergeant Elli Amson said: “The survivor in this case suffered horrendous abuse at the hands of this man and I am really pleased that he has been sent to prison for his crimes.
“She has been extremely brave in coming forward and supporting this case, which has taken a number of years to conclude, and she should be commended for the dignity and strength she has shown throughout.
“Scott Palmer was 16 years old when he committed these offences and so was sentenced as such. Like so many abusers, he thought he was safe from justice, but this case goes to show that even if years have passed since sexual abuse happened, Northamptonshire Police takes it extremely seriously and that we will do everything we can to secure justice.”
If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, whether recent or non-recent, please come forward by calling 101 or via the online reporting tool at www.northants.police.uk.
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If you have been a victim of rape or sexual abuse, but are not yet ready to speak to the police, please visit www.nhft.nhs.uk/serenity or call Serenity on 01604 601713.
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