Man jailed for child sex offences


Robert Skerman (38) of Redway Drive, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing following his conviction by a jury for a number of sexual offences against a child including rape.

 He had previously entered guilty pleas to three offences of possession of indecent images of children and one offence of distribution of indecent images of children.

The jury heard how Robert Skerman subjected his young victim to horrific abuse in her own home during a time when he had been placed in a significant position of trust, having offered to babysit.

His Honour Judge Evans said: "You are a dangerous paedophile. You pose a significant risk of causing serious psychological harm to other children. These offences demonstrate a serious level of planning.  You took all sorts of steps to engineer the opportunities to abuse. The circumstances of these offences and all the factors lead me to determine you are dangerous."

His Honour Judge Evans commended the family for the manner in which they gave their evidence at the trial.

CPS South West District Crown Prosecutor Allie Longhorn said: "This was a horrendous incident in which a shocking attack was carried out on a young child. It was premeditated and demonstrates an appalling breach of trust in circumstances where the childís mother had accepted his offer to babysit whilst she went out to work."

He was sentenced to 16 years in jail, with a further four years' suspended sentence, and was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Allie added: "While the ramifications of Skermanís actions may be felt by the young victim and her family for the rest of her life, it is hoped that the sentencing today will bring some them some comfort."