Man jailed for sexually assaulting a six-year-old child

06/01/2011

Craig Bartlett (19) from Reading was today (6 December) sent to prison for sexually assaulting a six-year-old child in July 2009, in Reading.

CPS case lawyer Victoria Griffiths said: 'Craig Bartlett sexually assaulted his young female victim during July 2009. This was an extremely serious offence which Bartlett denied, meaning that the six-year-old victim had to face the experience of giving evidence at the trial at Reading Crown Court.

'This was done with the benefit of special measures this means that the victims account was in the form of a DVD interview. This was relayed to the court and the victim then answered questions from the prosecuting and defending counsel via the Courts live TV link, from another room.

'At the end of the trial, Bartlett was found guilty by the jury. He has today has been sentenced to serve four years in prison and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life. This outcome confirms the importance of bringing difficult cases to court. The CPS will vigorously prosecute offenders who target young and vulnerable victims.

'Cases of rape and other serious sexual offences can be extremely difficult to prosecute, especially when the victim is a very young child. Such cases need to be dealt with very sensitively.  I would like to commend the Child Protection Officers in this particular case for their dedication and the professionalism with which they obtained the evidence, and supported the victim and her family throughout the judicial process.'