July 2017

Pervert jailed for five years

A pervert who sexually abused a very young child has been jailed for five years after a judge found he presented a danger of further offending.

Stephen Betts, of Maida Road, Chatham, denied sexual assault of a child under 13 and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

But a judge said he was convicted in May on “clear and compelling evidence” and remained in denial.

The 29-year-old was arrested after the girl who was aged under 6 years old told her mother he had touched her inappropriately – describing it as “cuddling” – and demonstrated him performing a sex act.

He also got the child to touch him indecently. When confronted about it, he insisted: “I wouldn’t do that.”

A recorded interview with the child, in which she was seen drawing pictures, was shown to the jury.

The charges related to offences which took place between 2014 and 2016.

The case went to trial and resulted in a jury delivering unanimous guilty verdicts.

Under an extended sentence for public protection, Betts will have to serve two thirds of the term before being considered for parole and he will be on licence for a further two years.

Judge Adele Williams said of the victim: “You used her to meet your sexual needs. Her evidence was compelling. She was particularly vulnerable due to her extreme youth.”

The judge added: “It is quite clear you are in denial. You lack any insight into your offending and I consider you pose a significant risk of serious harm to children by the commission of further offences.”