Man jailed for sexually abusing young girl and possessing indecent images - Luton


A man has today, Wednesday, 1 November 2017, been jailed for sexually abusing a young girl and possessing indecent images on his computer.

Matthew Mansfield from Hockwell Ring, Luton was arrested in June 2016 by police officers who went to his home searching for child sex abuse images on his computer. They duly found them, but it was more than a year later, in August of this year, when Mansfield, who was on bail, walked into Luton Police Station and told counter staff that not only was he guilty of possessing the images, but he had indecently assaulted a young girl years before when he was in his teens.

Today, at Luton Crown Court, Mansfield, aged 36, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of children, seven offences of indecent assault, and two offences of assault by penetration.

Prosecutor Oliver Wellings told the court how officers from the Bedfordshire Police Child Abuse Investigation Team went to the defendant's home on 8 June last year. On a laptop computer, officers found more than 3000 child sex abuse images as well as obscene video clips.

Judge Michael Kay QC was told 680 of the images were rated at category A, which is given to the very worst kind of material featuring youngsters suffering appalling abuse including tape at the hands of adults.

The court heard that Mansfield initially denied he was responsible for downloading the material and suggested to the police that a "third party" was behind the material, who had, in effect, framed him.

The court heard that the abuse of the girl had taken place regularly over a seven year period up until she was 14. He said he eventually stopped abusing the girl when he was 21.

Wellings said that Mansfield had made the confession because he thought his victim, who up until then had not told anyone what had happened to her, was about to come forward and tell the police.

Passing sentence, Judge Kay told Mansfield his crimes covered a period of around 20 years and he continued to pose a significant risk of harm to children. For that reason, Judge Kay said an extended prison sentence had to be passed. For the three offences of making indecent images of children, Mansfield was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment. The Judge said that for the offences involving the young girl, he would receive an extended prison sentence of 10 years and eight months to be served consecutively at the end of the 16 month sentence. Mansfield was told the custodial element of the extended sentence was six years and eight months and of that he was told he would have to serve a minimum of two thirds before he could even be considered for parole and if it was found he wasn't suitable for release at that point, he could end up serving the whole of the term. Whenever he is released he will be on licence for an additional four years. In addition to the custodial sentence, his name was added to the sex offenders register and he was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).

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