Southend pensioner jailed for six years for string of ‘harrowing and despicable’ child sex offences.
A Southend pensioner has been jailed for a string of “harrowing and despicable” child sex offences.
David Grant, 65, from St Helen’s Road in Westcliff, was jailed for six years on Friday (February 17) at Basildon Crown Court.
He admitted intentionally touching a child under the age of 13, taking an indecent photograph of a child, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and possessing and making indecent images of children, as well as seven counts of the sexual assault of a child under 13.
He will serve six years in prison with a further three years on extended licence for the assaults, with sentences of between six months and two years for other charges to run concurrently.
A joint investigation by Essex Police’s Online Investigation Team (POLIT) and the force’s South Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT) led to Grant’s arrest in November 2016.
DC Joanne Watts, from Essex Police’s Online Investigation Team, said: “This is a one of the most harrowing cases I have investigated in my career. Grant put his victim through a horrendous ordeal and his imprisonment is testament to our hard work and determination in bringing sex offenders to justice.
“Grant will remain on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life and the victim and family can now start to move on knowing they are safe from this evil predator.”
An NSPCC spokesperson added: “Grant is a vile sexual predator whose depraved crimes will have had a lasting effect on a young child. It is right that he is now behind bars.
“His victim showed tremendous courage to help jail Grant who must now undergo treatment in prison so that he is not a risk to any child ever again.
“It’s vital that all survivors of abuse are confident they will be listened to when they come forward and that they are giving appropriate support afterwards.”
Children can call Childline anytime on 0800 1111 or visit childline.org.uk for advice and support.