Man jailed for sexually abusing two young girls - Hemel Hempstead

13/05/2016

A man, who sexually abused two young girls in Hemel Hempstead at the beginning of the century, was given an extended sentenced of 11 years today, Friday, 13 May 2016.

Gary Jennings, aged 51, who is also known as Christian De Vriess, received a 9-year jail term with a further 2 years on licence because the Judge considered him to be a risk to children.

Jennings, of Martins House, Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans, was convicted at St Albans Crown Court of 14 charges of indecent assault and indecency with a child. He was also convicted of causing actual bodily harm to one of the girls, who he hit with a belt. The offences had been committed between 2000 and 2003 when one girl was aged between 7 and 10, and the other 4 and 7.

Patricia May, defending, said Jennings continued to deny abusing the girls. She said he had no other sexual convictions.

Judge Andrew Bright QC told him: "You pose a high risk of serious harm to children. I am passing an extended sentence to protect the public and in particular young girls. The psychological damage you caused has been set out in the victim personal statement of one of the victims. You will serve two-thirds of the nine-year sentence before the parole board can consider you for release. You will only be released if the parole board consider it is safe to do so. You will be on licence until the end of the 11-year sentence."

Jennings must also register as a sex offender and abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

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