July 2017

Basildon man jailed for sexually abusing vulnerable child over an eight-year period

A Basildon man has been jailed for sexually abusing a ’vulnerable child’.

Jonathan Craddock, 51, of Kenton Way, Langdon Hills, was convicted of five counts of sexual activity with a girl under 13 and an additional count of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 17.

He was cleared of one count of possessing indecent images of a child.

Craddock was sentenced last Friday, June 30, to six years in prison, slapped with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told he must remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

His trial heard the victim had first reported her abuse – which took place at an address in Stratford between 2004 and 2011 – in 2015.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The victim had suffered in silence throughout those years. She was abused by Craddock on a regular basis – daily at different times – over a period of years.”

Evidence found at Craddock’s home corroborated her story.