July 2017

‘Grotesque’ pervert jailed for sickening sexual abuse against girls

A man who subjected two young girls to “grotesque” sexual abuse has been jailed for seven years.

Daniel Dennis, 37, caused his victims serious psychological damage by sexually abusing them, to the point one was left too scared to leave the house.

He told one of the girls that she would not develop unless he touched her, and on another he assaulted her while she protested and tried to kick him away.

Dennis, of Valiant Drive in east Hull, had denied the offences until the morning of the start of his trial last week, when he broke down and told his lawyer he had done it.

He pleaded guilty to eight counts of sexual activity with a child, and two of sexual activity with a child under the age of 13.

A victim impact statement read on behalf of one of the girls told how the offences had left her “frightened to get showered or changed”, as she wanted to be permanently covered up.

“I’ve suffered from severe depression and anxiety,” she said. “I was too scared to leave the house. I became isolated from my friends at school.

“I’ve had two panic attacks where I’ve had to be taken away in an ambulance. Just walking down the street I was frightened.

“Because of the things he did, my life has worked out totally differently to how it should have done.”

Jailing Dennis, Judge Mark Bury described his offences as “outrageous and grotesque” and said he had caused his victims “something approaching serious psychological harm”.

Dennis also has to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.