Man jailed for sexually exploiting young girls - Bedford

28/10/2014

A man appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Tuesday, 28 October 2014, and was jailed for six years for sexually exploiting teenage girls.

Aaron Gadsden, aged 23, of Wadsworth Court, Bedford, appeared for sentencing having previously pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming.

Gadsden, an Army Cadet instructor, used his position in 2012 to meet and commit a sexual offence against one of the victims, a 15-year-old girl.  While on police bail pending further enquiries for this offence he used social media, namely Facebook, over a period of months, to build up relationships and commit further sexual offences against two other teenage girls aged 14 and 15.

Gadsden, pretending  to be 17, persuaded the 14-year-old girl to send him intimate pictures.  He responded by sending her intimate pictures of himself.  When the girl refused to meet him for sex he threatended to put the pictures she had sent him on Facebook.  She met with him and he took her back to his bedsit where the sex offence took place.

Gadsden contacted the other 15-year-old girl, again pretending he was 17, asked her personal questions and persuaded her to meet him.  After meeting her in a park in Elstow near Beds, he took her back to his bedsit where the sexual offence took place. 

Judge Richard Foster said the impact of Gadsden's offending on his young victims was "horrific."

Passing sentence Judge Richard Foster told Gadsden: "There is no doubt in my mind that you are dangerous because of what you have done in this case and what you are capable of."

As well as the jail sentence he was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) to run for an indefinite period.