July 2017

Broadstairs: Paedophile jailed for 14 years

A Thanet man has been jailed for 14 years after he was found guilty of abusing a child.

Darren Reynolds, 48, formerly of Margate Road, Broadstairs, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court today.

Reynolds abused a girl of primary school age on numerous occasions before she felt brave enough to report it to her mother in 2016.

She said she had been worried nobody would believe her and knew Reynolds would lie about it.

The abuse had been carried out over three years.

Following a Kent Police investigation, Reynolds was charged with engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child; causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity; and assaulting a girl under 13 by touching.

Reynolds denied the offences but following a trial the jury took just one hour to return with guilty verdicts on all three counts.

He was sentenced to 14 years in prison and must also spend an additional four years on licence.