Man jailed for child sexual offences against boys, including rape - Luton

25/11/2016

A young Luton man, who preyed on adolescent boys, has today, Friday, 25 November 2016, been jailed for almost 20 years.

Jake Prescott, aged 20, who did security work around the town, targetted youngsters, who he knew were vulnerable, and groomed them for sex. There were a total of six victims, aged between 11 and 15 and the offending began when Prescott was aged just 14 or 15 himself.

Luton Crown Court heard he would take the boys out on trips or to the cinema or bowling and even bought them gifts, but it was all part of his plan to groom the boys for his own sexual gratification. He also gained the trust of the boys' parents.

Sentencing him to 19 years and nine months in custody, Judge Barbara Mensah told him: "You are scheming, manipulative, sex obsessed and a dangerous predator. You are also an expert communicator, who was able to wheedle yourself into the parents' affections and hoodwink them so they ended up trusting you enough to leave their children in your care. This was a pattern of predatory grooming."

The Judge said Prescott is still denying his guilt.

His offending had been going on since August 2010, but unravelled in January of this year when a young boy contacted police in Luton and told how he had been sexually assaulted by Prescott on four occasions over a recent four day period. Detectives learned the youngster, who was in his early teens, had been introduced to Prescott by another youth. That boy was also spoken to by officers and it emerged that he had been raped in 2015 by Prescott. As enquiries continued, other boys were contacted by the police and told how they too had become his victims.

Last month, the jury found Prescott guilty of 21 offences: 11 offences of sexual activity with a child; two offences of rape; four offences of meeting a child following sexual grooming, and four offences of assaulting a child under 13 by penetration.

The offences had started in 2012 and continued until the early part of this year. Some offences had been committed in the victims' homes or at the defendant's home or outside in a local park.

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