November 2018

Pervert jailed after he abused girl ‘like a secret game’

Jack Gillett was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court. Picture: Kent Police

A pervert who made sex abuse of a young girl seem like a secret game has been jailed for three years and four months.

Jack Gillett, 27, was aged 17 when he molested the victim, Maidstone Crown Court heard. The victim kept it a secret for many years and only reported it to the police last year.

Gillett, of Northview, Swanley, admitted one offence of oral rape of a girl under the age of 13 and four of sexual activity with a child.

Prosecutor Timothy Forster said the offences happened on four separate occasions

“He made the touching sound like a game and told her to keep it a secret,” he said. “At her age, she didn’t understand and went along with his suggestions.”

Mr Forster said when the victim said she did not like a particular act, Gillett told her she did not have to do it. The final assault happened in a closet.

When the girl finally revealed what had happened, Gillett was confronted and admitted everything, said Mr Forster. He denied attempting to stop her reporting he abuse.

A victim impact statement by the girl revealed the severe psychological harm suffered, including suicide attempts, depression and the need for counselling.

Judge Julian Smith said Gillett’s culpability was reduced because of his age at the time of the offences. Custody would “present a great challenge” to him.

“I must also have regard to the impact of your behaviour on the victim, who has suffered greatly as a result of this.”

The judge said he could not accede to the submission that the sentence could be suspended, but added it could be “reduced by the maximum available to me”.

Gillett’s name will appear indefinitely on the sex offenders’ register and he will be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.