A 32-year-old man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl has been sent to prison for six years and given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
The sexual assault took place during the night of October 31, 2019, when the girl stayed at a friend’s house in Northampton, after they’d been out trick or treating.
Also staying at the house that night was an adult friend of the family – Floyd Kennedy of Druids Walk in Didcot, Oxfordshire.
The girl returned to the house on her own after her feet started hurting, where she found Kennedy home alone. He took hold of her hand and forced her to touch him inappropriately over his clothing.
Following this, the girl left the lounge and went to the bathroom, where she messaged her friends asking them to come back however, did not tell them why. They arrived home soon afterwards.
Later that night as the girls settled down to go to sleep, she unsuccessfully tried to get one of her friends to swap with her so she could share the sofa instead of sleeping on the floor, where Kennedy was also planning to bed down.
Kennedy came into the room and laid on the floor next to her. Whilst the other girls slept, he sexually assaulted the girl again multiple times, shocked and distressed the girl fled to the bathroom for safety.
The following day, Kennedy asked the girl repeatedly to promise not to tell anyone what had happened, and it wasn’t until November 27, 2019, that she had the courage to confide in a teacher via a handwritten letter.
The girl went on to bravely recount her ordeal to Northamptonshire Police officers, resulting in an investigation. He was later summonsed to appear before Northampton Magistrates Court on January 30 this year to face five charges relating to sexual assault.
His case was sent to Northampton Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to the offences and on Thursday, September 28, at the same court he was sentenced to six years in prison for sexual assault on a female by penetration.
Kennedy received further concurrent sentences for three counts of sexual activity with female child under 16 - no penetration, and one count of causing/inciting a female child under 16 to engage in sexual activity - no penetration.
In addition to the prison sentences, Kennedy was also issued with an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Sexual Notice, which prohibits him from having any unsupervised contact with any female child under the age of 16.
Following sentencing, lead investigator Detective Inspector Nina Agg of Northamptonshire Police, said: “Nothing will ever make the survivor in this case forget what Kennedy did to her, however for someone so young, she should be proud of the incredible bravery she has shown.
“Because of her Kennedy can no longer hurt anyone else, and a dangerous sexual predator is now behind bars. Knowing this, I hope it brings some comfort to her and that she can thrive in her studies and build a brighter future.
“I hope this case show how seriously we deal with crimes of this nature. Our team will always strive to secure justice for anyone who finds the courage to come forward to us – please know that we will listen to you, believe you and support you every step of the way.”
Tackling violence against women and girls is a matter of priority for Northamptonshire Police. Read more at www.northants.police.uk.
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.
We will believe you.
If you have been a victim of a sexual abuse but are not yet ready to speak to the police, please visit www.voicenorthants.org or call Voice on 0300 303 1965.
Voice is a support service for anyone living in Northamptonshire, regardless of when, where or how crime happened to you. Services are free, confidential and you don’t have to have reported anything to the police.
*This press release has been released with the support and agreement of the survivor*