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Man jailed for 11 years over ‘appalling’ sex assault

South Staffordshire | Crime | Published:

A south Staffordshire man has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for sexually assaulting a young girl.

David Felton, aged 65, of Edge View Walk, Kinver, was jailed at Stafford Crown Court.

Judge John Wait, sentencing, said: “These were repeated offences against a child who was particularly vulnerable.

“There are elements of grooming, aggravated by you threatening her to keep silent.”

He described Felton’s actions as ‘an appalling breach of trust’ and sentenced him to 11 years, with a further year on licence.

He will be added to the sex offenders’ register for life.

Felton was found guilty of three counts of assault on a child, following a three-day trial.

Stafford Crown Court heard that early in May 2017 Felton’s victim had become upset and told a relative of the abuse.

Felton was arrested the same day and denied any offences.

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Detective Constable Samantha Young, of Staffordshire Police, said: “It is the bravery of the witness in coming forward and giving her evidence which has led to Felton’s imprisonment. This was a despicable offence committed against a young, vulnerable girl.

“We will always do whatever it takes to bring offenders to justice, while ensuring victims and their families are offered the support they need.”

Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, or suspects others may be subject to sexual abuse, is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

An NSPCC spokesman said: “Child sexual abuse causes victims unimaginable pain and suffering lasting into adulthood, but this case sends out a clear message that they will be listened to.

“This brave young girl must now get all the support she needs to help her move forward with her life, while it is vital that Felton receives treatment to lessen the risk he poses to children.”

Childline is there for young people 24/7 on 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk while adults concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline in confidence on 0808 800 5000.

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