Ashtead man who sexually abused child in Dorking and Ashtead jailed
Mark Cole has been jailed for four years
An Ashtead man who sexually assaulted a girl aged under 13 has been sent to prison.
Mark Cole, 54, of The Warren, Ashtead, was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court today of three counts of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a girl under 13 years.
Cole has been sentenced to four years in prison and has been placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Surrey Police’s DC Tony Morrey said: “I hope this guilty verdict and sentence will in some way help the young girl to come to terms with what’s happened and move on with her life.
“She had the courage to report Cole’s vile offending to an adult despite the fact that he made her swear not to tell anyone and I’d like to commend her bravery in coming forward.”
The offences took place in both the Ashtead and Dorking areas throughout 2015.
Following the sentencing DC Morrey also offered words of advice and encouragement to other victims of sexual abuse in Surrey.
He said: “I would also encourage any victim to come forward to Surrey Police and report any similar incidents by calling 101. Surrey Police treats all allegations of sexual abuse, whether recent or non-recent, extremely seriously.
“Our priority is victim care and people need to feel confident that if they come forward and report an offence, we can help. We have a dedicated investigation team for such crime and the dedicated unit works to obtain best evidence.
“We also work closely with our partner agencies including the NHS with whom Surrey Police has a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.”
Advice for those affected by sexual abuse and assault can be found on the Surrey Police website at http://www.surrey.police.uk/