December 2018

Pervert jailed for four and a half years for sex offences against a child

A young girl who was molested by a pervert insisted on reading out her victim impact statement when sentence was passed.

The teenager went behind screens and told how she had been badly affected by abuse at the hands of Daniel Harrison.

A judge told her “well done” and praised her for her bravery.

Maidstone Crown Court heard the 35-year-old, who worked as courier, would pick up the girl on the Isle of Sheppey 

His behaviour became more serious when he made the victim touch him indecently and he molested her.

“She didn’t tell anyone at the time,” said prosecutor Vivian Walters. “She said she didn’t know what to do.”

On another occasion he insisted on rubbing some cream over her chest and private parts. It made her feel uncomfortable.

Miss Walters said the girl eventually spoke to a family friend, her mother and the police about what happened.

When interviewed by police, he at first denied touching her in a sexual way. He then admitted he touched her for a few seconds under her clothing and she touched him intimately.

Harrison, of Bower Terrace, Maidstone, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting two offences of sexual assault and one of causing or inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The victim told in her statement how the abuse had made her feel suicidal and had affected her education. She added she was not able to get the help she needed.

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