‘Dan­ger­ous’ man jailed for child sex as­sault

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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.

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