Man who abused a young girl from Harlow caged

Crime / Wed 2nd Sep 2015 at 05:22pm

Karl StockbridgeA MAN has been jailed for 14 years for sexual offences against a young girl and making indecent images.

Essex Police arrested Karl Stockbridge after receiving information that led to officers executing a warrant at a location in Harlow.

Computers were found containing indecent images of children and following further enquiries, it was discovered he had sexually abused a child from the Harlow area.

Stockbridge, 48, of Gilpins Gallop, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, was charged with two counts of rape in March 2013 and February 2014, and three counts of sexual assault against a girl aged under 13.

He was also charged with one count of making 12 indecent images of a child between March 2013 and February 2014, three counts of making indecent photographs of a child, and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

He pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at the same court on Friday, August 28.

He was jailed for 14 years for each of the rape charges, four years for each of the sexual assault charges, and nine months for each of the charges relating to indecent images and the pornographic image, all to run concurrently.

The judge described Stockbridge as a danger to children and thanked Essex Police for their quick action in arresting him.

Investigating officer DC Ian Forsith said: “This has been one of the most disturbing cases I have worked on. The victim is having to receive support and is terrified of going out. No child should be made to feel this way.

“These offences are abhorrent to society and I hope that Stockbridge has time to reflect on the damage he has caused to an innocent child. I would like to thank the family of the victim for their courage in helping bring this man to face justice.

“I and all at Essex Police are committed to finding offenders like Stockbridge, arresting them and putting them before the courts.”

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