November 2016

“Manipulative” child groomer jailed for nearly 20 years


A “manipulative” child groomer who preyed upon vulnerable boys in Luton has been jailed for nearly 20 years.

Jake Prescott, 20, was found guilty of 21 sex offences including child rape and child grooming after a trial at Luton Crown Court last month.

At the court, Judge Barbara Mensah sentenced him to 19 years and nine months in jail, telling him: “What the evidence shows is that you are scheming, manipulative and sex-obsessed, and you are a dangerous predator to those who are more vulnerable than yourself.”

The court heard that Prescott, of Brentwood Close, Houghton Regis, began offending when he was around 14 or 15, and inappropriately touched a younger child.

Despite firm warnings given to him by adults, Prescott’s offending gradually progressed over time and the majority of his offences took place after he was 18.

Of the six victims, his last two were among the youngest and suffered serious abuse.

The judge told Prescott he was clearly an excellent communicator, able to take advantage of his victims. She said: “You were expert in being able to weedle yourself into their situations, hoodwinking them so that they trusted you.”

Besides the sentence, Prescott was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.