April 2019

Man faces long jail term for repeated horrific child abuse of little girl

A 43-year-old Cheltenham man who admits repeatedly sexually assaulting a very young girl will be sentenced on May 23.

Keith Wright, of Granville Street, Cheltenham admitted four counts of assault by penetration when he appeared at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday.

Each one of those counts represented at least five occasions in which Wright abused the little girl, prosecutor Nick Gerasimidis told Judge Jason Taylor QC.

A further allegation of causing or inciting the girl to ‘engage in sexual activity’ by touching him on at least five occasions was also admitted by Wright.

Mr Gerasimidis said Wright was also due to be charged in relation to possession of vile images of child abuse, which the prosecutor said he would show the little girl.

‘Significant sentence’

Some of those images included category A images, of the most serious kind, the court heard.

“It was part of the grooming to make her think it was normal,” Judge Taylor noted.

“Yes,” Mr Gerasimidis said, “to make his behaviour seem normalised.”

The judge adjourned the sentencing hearing until May 23 ordering a probation report.

“I will ask for a pre-sentence report, but it will only go to length.

“Clearly it has to be a significant custodial sentence.

“I will need the probation report to address all matters to do with risk.

“There can only be one sentence in this case. It will be a long custodial sentence,” the judge said.

“The court will need to decide whether you are dangerous or not,” he told Wright.

Wright was remanded in custody until the sentencing hearing.