Child sex abuser jailed for crimes
12-year sentence after assault on girl:
A MAN has been jailed for 12 years for sexually abusing a child.
Daniel Beveridge, 34, was charged with seven counts of sexual assault on a girl under the age of 13.
He was also charged with one count of inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of attempted rape of a girl under the age of 13 and sexual assault.
All the charges relate to one victim.
Beveridge was convicted by a jury following a trial in July.
At Newport Crown Court, Beveridge, from Bridgend, was given an extended sentence of 16 years, comprising a custodial term of 12 years and an extended licence period of four years.
He was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm preven- tion order and placed on the sex offenders’ register.
Following the case, Detective Constable Andrew Wallace said: “Today’s result is testament to the bravery of the victim, who has not only shown considerable strength and courage in coming forward to report the abuse she suffered, but also throughout the lengthy and complex investigation and court process.
“This was made all the more harrowing by Beveridge’s refusal to admit his guilt, thus forcing the victim to live through the ordeal of a trial.
“I hope today’s result gives her some comfort as she comes to terms with the abuse she suffered and attempts to rebuild her life.
“I also hope that it sends a message to anyone else who has suffered or is currently suffering abuse, that they can come forward and any allegations will be taken seriously.
“I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to come forward to report such appalling crimes, but I want to reassure anyone considering doing so that there is a whole range of support out there, not only from the police but from partner agencies who can help you through the entire process.”
DC Wallace added: “Officers in the specialist child abuse investigation unit covering Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan will continue to work tirelessly to protect children and bring perpetrators of child abuse to justice.”