September 2018

PCSO groped schoolgirl in ‘humiliating’ sex attack

A man who worked as a police community support officer has been jailed for a sex attack on a schoolgirl.

Jack Alan Jones, 23, was living in Liverpool while studying at university, denied three sexual offences against the girl but was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court

Jones, who comes from Wrexham, had dreamt of becoming a full-time police officer.

Judge Nicolas Parry said that, following a trial, it had to be immediate custody and he jailed him for a year.

He was ordered to register his name and address with the police as a sex offender for the next 10 years

A five-year restraining order was made not to contact the victim, whose life and education had been badly affected by what occurred.

The jury heard that, in the incident last year, Jones saw an opportunity for sexual gratification, doing so at the expense of a girl aged under 16.

She was vulnerable, in bed and the defendant had believed she was sleeping, the court heard.

“Originally, your behaviour was opportunistic,” the judge told him.

He “tested the water” by touching her, and did that repeatedly on each occasion that he visited her room.

The judge said he “became bolder” and went further, touching her private parts under her clothing.

“She was understandably frozen,” the judge said.

“You knew what you were doing and you went into that room for a purpose.”

The court heard the victim had lost friends, had to seek assistance from children and adolescent services, had been shunned by former friends, and felt humiliated.

He could have no credit for a guilty plea and the trial meant she had to undergo the ordeal of giving evidence and reliving events.

Prosecuting barrister Simon Rogers said that, in a victim impact statement, the girl said she had lost friends who had accused her of lying.

She had missed school, her education had been affected and plans to go to college had to be put back so that she could resit examinations.

The victim had lost confidence and became jumpy if anyone touched her.

She had suffered a loss of trust and had difficulty sleeping.

The victim suffered nightmares and had been referred to counselling as a result of the offending.

Jones, of Holly Road, Liverpool, denied three counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 by sexual touching but was unanimously convicted.