October 2016

13 years for man who befriended families and carers and sexually assaulted – in one instance raped- their children


A man who used his position of trust to abuse and rape his friends’ children has been jailed for 13 years.

At Peterborough Crown Court today Adam Aitken, 28, of Kinnears Walk, Orton Goldhay, was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to six serious sexual offences against children.

The court heard how Aitken befriended his five male victims after forming close relationships with their parents and carers.

He would take the young boys on trips out or invite them into his home but then used his position of trust to carry out abuse on his victims.

The abuse dates back to 2008 when he sexually abused a 14-year-boy during a fishing trip.

Aitken then went on to sexually abuse another 14-year-old at his home during a sleepover.

The court heard he would buy sweets and junk food for his youngest victim, who was aged between eight and 10, when he was sexually assaulted during sleepovers.

Aitken’s fourth victim was aged 12 and 13 when he was raped and sexually assaulted.

The court also heard how Aitken would watch films and play on the computer with his fifth victim. He would play truth and dare games and show the 11-year-old adult pornography at his home.

In addition to these offences, in considering the most appropriate sentence, the Judge took into account other inappropriate behaviour Aitken had demonstrated against other children.

Senior Investigating Officer from Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Public Protection Department, Detective Chief Inspector Jon McAdam, said: “Aitken is a calculated and dangerous individual who positioned himself to gain the trust of parents and guardians to abuse children.

“What is clear from the victim’s accounts, was how Aitken would groom them, buying gifts and taking them on holiday, and then sexually abuse them and threaten them in to silence.

“The victims have shown great bravery in coming forward to support the investigation, without whom we could not have achieved this outcome and prevented Aitken from harming them further or preying on other victims.

“It is hoped that today’s outcome will go some way to helping them cope and recover from what has been a horrendous ordeal for anyone to be subjected to.

“This case has been complex in its nature to investigate and is an example of the commitment of Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Peterborough City Council safeguarding the most vulnerable. Social workers worked closely with police to prepare and talk to the children involved and enable them to tell us what they had experienced.”

“We take all reports of abuse seriously and have a dedicated team of experienced officers to respond. We would actively encourage anyone affected to contact us.”

Aitken was put on the Sex Offenders Register and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

To make a report of child abuse, please call 101, or 999 in an emergency. Additional support can be found via the NSPCC, ChildLine, Kidscape, Survivors UK and

Aitken was charged with a total of 18 counts on June 16. The Crown Prosecution Service accepted the pleas.

The full break down of the charges is as follows:

•Sexual assault of a boy under 13 – GUILTY

•Sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15 – GUILTY

•Sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15 – GUILTY

•Rape of a boy under 13 – GUILTY

•Sexual assault of a male – GUILTY

•Causing a child under 13 to watch sexual activity – GUILTY

•Sexual assault of a boy under 13 – NOT GUILTY

•Sexual assault of a boy under 13 – NOT GUILTY

•Inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15 – NOT GUILTY

•Inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15 – NOT GUILTY

•Inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15 – NOT GUILTY

•Inciting sexual activity with a boy under 13 – NOT GUILTY

•Sexual activity with a boy under 13 – NOT GUILTY

•Sexual activity with a boy under 13 – NOT GUILTY

•Rape of a boy aged 13-15 – NOT GUILTY

•Sexual assault of a male – NOT GUILTY

•Sexual assault of a male – NOT GUILTY

•Causing a child aged 13-15 to watch sexual activity – NOT GUILTY

August 2016

Man admits sexual abuse of five children as young as 8

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 Crown Court on Friday 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.

There were sobs in the public gallery as family of the victims listened to the pleas.
He was charged with a total of 18 counts, and he entered guilty pleas to six of them. The prosecution accepted the pleas, and he will be sentenced 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, and one count of causing 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 was adjourned to allow a pre-sentence report to be carried out by the probation service- but Judge Bridge said Aitken will be facing years behind bars.

He said: “There plainly must be a pre-sentence report – but Aitken will be expecting a very long prison sentence.

“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 was remanded into custody until sentencing, which will take place on Friday, August 19 at Peterborough Crown Court.