April 2018

Paedophile jailed for preying on Dartford child over the course of 3 years

A paedophile has been jailed after years of abusing his position of trust with a Dartford child to engage in sexual activity with her.

Ronnie Shephard forcibly kissed, intimately touched, exposed himself, and pressed himself against the teen girl regularly over a three year period.

Between 2004 and 2006 the man would target the teenager when she was isolated from friends and family, such as when driving her home from a gig.

His actions became so persistent that the young girl ultimately saw his behaviour as normal.

It wasn’t until 2016 that she reported his offences to police and officers made their move to arrest the child predator.

Shephard, of The Ridge West in St Leonards on Sea in East Sussex, was taken to Maidstone Crown Court to face the consequences of his actions.

Now 66 years old, Shephard pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child on April 13 and was jailed for 15 months. He was also added to the sex offenders register for seven years.