November 2018

Paedophile from March sexually abused a young girl

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A paedophile who sexually abused a young child over a seven-year period has been jailed for eight years.

John Francis, formerly of Norwood Road, in March but now of Stephen Road, Prestatyn, Wales abused the girl between 2008 and 2015 when she was aged between six and 13

A court heard how Francis, now 76, told his victim not to tell anyone about the abuse or he would go to prison and people around her would get hurt.

He also admitted in a police interview that he had “struggled to fight off his sexual sins” after abusing the girl.

The victim, who was abused on numerous occasions, only disclosed the abuse in recent years after she had been to see her GP.

In a police interview, Francis admitted the offences and told officers he had struggled to fight off his ‘sexual sins’.

At Cambridge Crown Court, Francis previously pleaded guilty to two charges of exposure, one charge of assault by penetration of a child, and two charges of sexual assault on a child – All relating to a child aged under 13

He was sentenced at the same court on Thursday (November 8), where he was handed a total of eight years in prison.

Francis was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for a period of 10 years and put on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The SHPO prevents Francis from contacting the victim or her family.

It also prohibits him from having any unsupervised contact with children under 16 and having any voluntary or paid activity with people under 18.