‘Dangerous’ man jailed for child sex assault
A COMPANY director with a history of paedophile crimes has been given an extended prison sentence after being convicted of indecently assaulting an eight-year-old girl.
Daniel Freeman, 41, of Loddon Way in Ash, was jailed for six years at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday (September 13) and was also put on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Freeman was told he would remain on licence for another three years upon his eventual release after a specialist report revealed he was at ‘high risk’ of committing similar offences against young girls in future.
Freeman was found guilty by a majority of eleven to one of sexual assault on a child under 13 following a trial last month.
The serial offender was previously been sent to prison a decade ago following attacks on two girls, aged six and nine, and was subsequently barred by law from being alone with young girls.
However, the court heard that when Freeman found himself alone with a young girl for just a few minutes in October last year, he pulled her leggings and pants down before touching her private parts.
Judge Robert Fraser warned Freeman that, under the terms of the extended prison sentence, he would not be eligible for release after serving half of his time behind bars, which is the normal procedure that governs custodial cases.
He told the defendant: “In your case, you will serve twothirds of your sentence when your case will then be referred to the Parole Board. You will only be released if the Parole Board considers it safe for you to be released.”
He added: “I have come to the view that you are dangerous.”
Wendy Cottee, prosecuting, said the girl’s family had noted a number of adverse changes in the victim.
“Her academic achievements at school have slipped as a result of this incident,” she said.
Freeman, who denied the latest offence, said he had taken great care not to be alone with young girls because of his previous offending.
Under cross-examination during the trial, he agreed he had denied all the charges at his previous trial but he said he had later confessed his crimes to friends because he had felt so ashamed of himself.
“What I did back then was unforgivable,” said Freeman.
Since that time, he said, he had received help and assistance from an organisation which specialises in treating sex offenders.
“I’m not sexually attracted to young girls any more,” added the defendant.
Rupert Hallowes, defending, said that it was hoped that his client would receive treatment for his problems in prison and added Freeman still had the loving support of his wife and his parents.
Freeman is now barred from working with or having unsupervised contact with girls under 16.