Judge’s sentencing remarks for paedophile who ‘took advantage’ of 14-year old
A judge has slammed a “selfish” paedophile who used his victim’s low self-confidence to engage in sexual activities with her.
Bryn Chittenden, 51, who lives in Eye, Suffolk but owns land in St Lawrence Bay, was jailed today (Thursday, September 21) for six years and nine months at Chelmsford Crown Court, just two weeks after the birth of his child.
Chittenden sobbed during the hearing as the court heard that as well as abusing his 14-year-old victim, he hoarded indecent images and videos of children.
The landowner previously denied the charge of sexual activity with a child,but after just 45 minutes, the jury found him guilty on Thursday August 23
Prior to the trial, Chittenden pleaded guilty to making indecent images and movies of children.
A number of images were found when his computer was examined where they found 23 category A images, 39 category B images and 160 category C images.
They also found one category A video, two category B videos and two category C videos.
One image involved a 13-year-old girl in penetrative activity with two adult males.
During the trial, the victim’s father told the jury how Chittenden was told of her age when he came around to their property to buy a van from them.
He said: “Bryn had come to the house and I had a van he was interested in. We talked about the livestock and what he was planning to do in the future with the land.
“We sat down at the table, had a cup of tea, he seemed a very nice chap. I told him I had a…. daughter who was at school. He asked me her age and I said 14.
“We talked about his daughters being in the same age group.”
Prosecution told the court on Thursday how the “degree of planning, with the exchanging of messages and the vulnerability and age of the victim” were all aggravating factors.
Nick Bonehill, defending Chittenden, added: “His partner was heavily pregnant during the trial and that child was born two weeks ago, but things have been difficult as they lost a child in 2016.
“He’s a family man who was been through a difficult divorce but kept regular contact with his children.
“His personal situation is very clear having spoken to him, he is regretful of the position he has put himself in.”
Judge Jonathon Seely interrupted Mr Bonehill by saying: “Lawyers choose their words very carefully. Those words, that he is regretful of the position he is in, may be the case but you would have to persuade me otherwise.
“He told lies throughout the trial and was seeking to lay the blame on the victim.”
Mr Bonehill continued: “He understands the consequences of his actions will lead to a lengthy custodial sentence.
“Mr Chittenden faces a life-changing sentence as his young child will grow up which is difficult for anyone but it is especially difficult for his partner and he only has himself to blame for that.
“I would ask that you would take all of these factors into consideration.”
Passing sentence, Judge Seely said: “The vulnerability of your victim was clear, she is a deeply vulnerable person, a deeply vulnerable child, who has an extremely difficult background through absolutely no fault of her own.
“She had enormous issues with confidence at the time you came into her life and you know that and you used that.
“When you were first interviews by the police, you blatantly lied claiming that the thought of such conduct was disgusting to you.
“You admitted when there was relatively little choice that there was some sexual contact between the two of you. You admitted the incident of oral sex but claimed you thought the victim was 16.
“The court heard from her father, who told you in the clearest possible terms of the victim’s age and the jury saw through your lies.
“You accessed child pornography involving penetrative activity between adults and young teenage girls. You then went on to commit this contact offence, which is deeply concerning.
“You acted selfishly and you must now face the consequences of your actions.”
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