May 2017

Manea pervert photographer is jailed

Manea pervert photographer Brian Claassen, has been jailed for sexually assaulting a four year old girl and having indecent images of children on his computer in his studio in Swindon.

Claassen 40, of Valentine Close, Manea, was sentenced to three years and four months behind bars after pleading guilty to the offences.

They took place at his photography studio, Lifestyle Portraits Ltd, based in the Brunel Shopping Centre in Swindon, in June 2016.

He assaulted the young girl and took an indecent photograph of her at his Wiltshire business.

He also pleaded guilty to charges of possessing indecent images of children – 166 in total.

All pleas were made at earlier hearings at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Det Con Mark Harris, from Swindon CID, said: “I am extremely pleased with the sentence handed out today.

“I must thank the family involved. Without the questioning nature of this young girl – who told her mum and dad in the first place – and the help and support her parents have given our investigation team, it’s possible Claassen’s activities could have gone undetected.

“Instead, their vital evidence has led to a guilty plea and sentence.

As well as the custodial sentence, Claassen will be on the Sex Offenders register for 10 years and will be the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. His electronic equipment will be forfeited.