Man given four year jail term for sex of­fences

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - PETE WAR­RING­TON peter.war­ring­ton@reach­

A SHEP­SHED man was sen­tenced on Fri­day, (May 11), af­ter plead­ing guilty to a string of child sex of­fences.

Sa­muel James Grif­fiths, 35, ap­peared at Le­ices­ter Crown Court last week where he pleaded guilty to seven charges of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a girl aged 13 to 15 and one charge of caus­ing/in­cit­ing a girl aged 13 to 15 to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

He was sen­tenced to four years in prison at Le­ices­ter Crown Court.

He was also given a Sex­ual Harm Pre­ven­tion or­der (SHPO) and placed on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for life.

Grif­fiths, of Tyler Court, met his vic­tim when she was just 12 years old in 2014. Over a num­ber of months he be­gan mak­ing per­sonal com­ments to the vic­tim. When she was 13, this then pro­gressed with Grif­fiths en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with the vic­tim.

He would of­ten tell the vic­tim not to tell any­one about the sex­ual ac­tiv­ity as he would lose ev­ery­thing leav­ing the vic­tim in her own words feel­ing guilty.

Grif­fiths was re­ported to po­lice in Fe­bru­ary 2017 when the vic­tim made a dis­clo­sure to a rel­a­tive.

Through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, from the ini­tial re­port right through to the court hear­ing, of­fi­cers worked along­side so­cial care col­leagues as part of the multi-agency child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion (CSE) team to of­fer sup­port to the vic­tim, while also as­sist­ing the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Re­bekah Cortez, the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, said: “Grif­fiths took ad­van­tage of this young vic­tim and ma­nip­u­lated her for his own grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

“He was aware of her age but, de­spite this, con­tin­ued to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with her for his own ben­e­fit.

“The vic­tim has shown tremen­dous strength and courage through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. She has, at times, had to re­live what hap­pened, but has al­ways been de­ter­mined to put Grif­fiths be­fore the courts.”

She con­tin­ued: “We are com­mit­ted to tack­ling child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and will take all re­ports se­ri­ously and in­ves­ti­gate them thor­oughly. It can be very dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to come for­ward and re­port abuse, whether it hap­pened a long time ago or more re­cently.

“I would like to re­as­sure any­one that does con­tact us that their re­port will be treated with the ut­most sen­si­tiv­ity and spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers and so­cial work­ers will be on hand to sup­port and as­sist vic­tims.”

Sa­muel James Grif­fiths: sen­tenced to four years in prison.

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