August 2017

Extended jail sentence for Warminster sex offender

A convicted paedophile who used to live in Warminster is facing an extended jail sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl who was a staying in his house.

Daniel Freeman, 41, formerly of Boreham Road, Warminster, was forbidden by law from being alone with young girls after he was sent to prison a decade ago for sex crimes against two females aged six and nine.

But when his latest victim was a guest at his home in October last year, he pulled her assaulted her when he was by himself with her for a few moments, Guildford Crown Court heard.

Freeman, now of Loddon Way, Ash, Surrey, was remanded in custody until September 7 for sentence after a jury found him guilty by a majority of eleven to one on Tuesday August 8 of sexual assault on a child under 13, following a trial.

Judge Robert Fraser told the court that he was ordering a special report on the defendant to determine if he posed an ongoing risk of serious harm to the public.

“I shall need a report to focus on your dangerousness,” he told the defendant.

Judge Fraser said: “This is your third offence of this nature. It causes me great concern.”

He said the findings of the report could decide whether Freeman receives an extended prison term when he is brought back to court next month.

The judge refused an application for bail to allow Freeman to attend the birth of his pregnant wife’s child which is expected in a week’s time.

“I have a duty to protect the public,” Judge Fraser told the court.

During the trial, the jury were told that the defendant had been placed under strict legal conditions banning him from having unsupervised access to young girls after he had been jailed for three and a half years at Guildford Crown Court in November 2007 when a jury found him guilty at another trial of three charges of indecent assault and two of sexual assault.

The sentence was for two sets of offences – molesting a six-year-old girl in 2002 while he was living at Bridge Street, Godalming, and molesting a nine-year-old girl in 2006 while he was living at Boreham Road, Warminster.

Ms Wendy Cottee, prosecuting, told the latest trial that despite all the subsequent safeguarding measures, Freeman had re-offended yet again all those years later.

“Because he is attracted to young girls in the six-to-nine-year age range, nothing has changed,” she said.

Freeman, who denied the latest offence, said he had taken great care never to be alone with young girls because of his previous offending.

Under cross- examination, he agreed he had denied all the charges at his 2007 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.

But since that time, he said, he had received help from an organisation which specialises in treating sex offenders.

“I’m not sexually attracted to young girls any more,” added the defendant.

November 2007

Man jailed for molesting girls

A PAEDOHPHILE from Warminster has been jailed after molesting two girls under 10 years old.

Daniel Freeman, 31, of Boreham Road, Warminster, received a three-and-a-half year jail term, which is made up of three 18-month concurrent sentences for three counts of indecent assault on a young female.

He also received two concurrent 24-month sentences for two counts of sexual assault on a female under 13 years. The concurrent sentences are to run consecutively.

Appearing at Guilford Crown Court on Friday, the court heard how Freeman indecently assaulted a six-year old girl by kissing and hugging her, and stroking her hair and arm on three occasions in April 2002 in Godalming, Surrey.

He was also found guilty of sexually assaulting a nine-year old girl by stroking her legs and touching her intimately on two occasions in Milford during April 2006.

He was placed indefinitely on the on the Sex Offenders’ Register.