Man jailed for child sex offences - Hemel Hempstead

29/07/2015

A Hemel Hempstead man, who sexually abused three young girls when he was a teenager was jailed for five years today, Wednesday, 29 July 2015.

Amar Patel, aged 35, told one of his victims: "Don't tell anyone our little secret."

Prosecutor Isabelle Delamare said that Patel was aged between 15 and 20 when the offences were carried out in the 1990s. One victim was aged between 5 and 7, another 4 and a third was aged between 6 and 10.

Patel, of Wood Lane End, Hemel, was convicted of 7 charges of indecent assault by the jury at St Albans Crown Court. He was of previous good character.

Michael Skelley, defending, said that the convictions were a 'personal disaster' for Patel, whose career and life stood largely in ruins. He said his wife had been a "dignified presence" and stood by him. Mr Skelley said that Patel would have to dissolve the consultancy business he runs and, as a result, they would have to sell their home. He said that at the time of the offences Patel was young and immature. His father died when he was aged 5 or 6 and he was brought up without a male role model. "He was a young person who did not have the maturity to understand the seriousness of what he was doing. It was adolescent aberrant behaviour he has put behind him," he said.

Judge Jonathan Carroll told him: "No sentence can undo what you did to your victims and the level of harm they suffered. They have behaved with great dignity." The Judge said Patel had shown no remorse. He told him he must register as a sex offender for life.

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