Man ad­mits child sex abuse

Judge tells of­fender he is fac­ing a very long sen­tence

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

A Peter­bor­ough man has been told he is fac­ing years be­hind bars af­ter ad­mit­ting a string of sex of­fences against chil­dren. Adam Aitken ( 28) of Kin­n­ears Walk, Or­ton Gold­hay, ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough CrownCour­tonFri­day where he ad­mit­ted a num­ber of of­fences, in­clud­ing rap­ing a 12-year-old boy.

In to­tal, he ad­mit­ted of­fences against five chil­dren, aged be­tween eight and 15 years old.

Aitken, who ap­peared at the court via video link from HMP Bed­ford, shook his head as he en­tered the pleas.

Therew­ere­sob­sinthep­ub­lic gallery as fam­ily of the vic­tims lis­tened to the pleas.

He was charged with a to- tal of18­counts, and­heen­tered guilty pleas to six of them. The prose­cu­tion ac­cepted the pleas, and­hewil­lbe­sen­tenced later this month.

Aitken, who wore a pur­ple t-shirt and black track­suit bot­toms for the hear­ing, was forced to wait to en­ter the pleas, as he orig­i­nally ap­peared at 2pm, but the hear­ing was not com­pleted un­til 4.30pm, while le­gal dis­cus­sions took place, and Judge Stu­art Bridge dealt with other mat­ters.

Aitken pleaded guilty to three counts of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child, rape of a child, one count of sex­ual as­sault on a child, an­donecountof­caus­ing a child to watch a sex­ual act.

The charges date back more than seven years, start­ing in Novem­ber 2008.

He pleaded not guilty to 12 other counts. How­ever, the prose­cu­tion said this was ac­cept­able.

Sen­tenc­ing wasad­journed to al­low a pre-sen­tence re­port to be­car­ried out bythe pro­ba­tion ser­vice- but Judge Bridge saidAitken­will­be­fac­ingyears be­hind bars. He said: “There plain­ly­must­beapre-sen­tence re­port - but Aitken will be ex­pectin­gav­ery­long­pris­on­sen­tence. “The is­sue looked at in the re­port will be whether it is a de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence, an ex­tended sen­tence or even an in­de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence.

“The sen­tenc­ing judge will not be able to sen­tence with­out that re­port. “How­ever, the only sen­tence will be a very long prison sen­tence.”

Aitken will be sen­tenced on Au­gust 19 at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court.

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