September 2018

Man jailed over sexual abuse of young teenage girl

Daniel Crotty

A pervert has been jailed for 14 years after being convicted after trial of vile abuse against a young teenage girl.

Daniel Crotty, 32, of Reevy Crescent, Buttershaw, appeared before Bradford Crown Court to be sentenced for five counts of sexual activity with a child and another count of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard the offences unfolded over the course of a single night several years ago.

He plied the young girl, who was upset at the time, with alcohol and told her it would make her “feel better”. He had also been drinking and had taken cocaine.

Crotty then went on to abuse her and the following day sent her a text message saying no-one must know about what had taken place.

Not long after, Crotty was also involved in a robbery and was jailed for four years.

The court heard his victim had tried to forget about the abuse, but saw him after he was released from prison.

Recorder Tom Little QC told the court he had come to the conclusion Crotty is dangerous.

He highlighted Crotty’s other violent offending while intoxicated and said he is capable of committing serious offences while intoxicated.

Recorder Little referred to the use of alcohol in the abuse against the girl, the significant disparity in age, the fact he was in drink and had taken cocaine and that he had told her not to tell anyone.

Starting with a sentence of 10 years, Recorder Little added an extended licence period of four years in order to protect the public in future.

He will serve two thirds of the sentence in prison before the parole board will consider whether it is safe to release him. A sexual harm prevention order was also made.