A man has been jailed for non-recent sexual offences against a female child.
At Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 30 June, Jonathan Craddock, 51 (18.8.65), of Kenton Way, Langdon Hills, Basildon, Essex was convicted by a jury of five counts of sexual activity with a child aged under 13 years and one count of sexual activity with a child aged 13-17 years.
He was found not guilty of one count of possessing indecent images of a child.
Craddock was sentenced on the same day to six years’ imprisonment. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention order and will be placed on the Sex offenders register for life.
The conviction and sentencing follows an investigation by the Met’s Child Sexual Exploitation Team.
The victim first reported the abuse to police in 2015. The abuse took place at an address in Stratford, east London between 2004 and 2011. The victim had suffered in silence throughout those years. She was abused by Craddock on a regular basis, daily at different times, over a period of years.
In 2015 she felt able to confide in police and an investigation was launched by specialist detectives. The account provided by the victim was fully supported by evidence found at Craddock’s home.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Janet Glover said: “This victim was a vulnerable child when she was systematically abused by an adult she trusted. The courage she has demonstrated in coming forward is commendable and I hope that today’s verdict not only provides this brave young woman with a measure of closure, but that her actions inspire others who have suffered abuse to come forward and speak with police.
“We are committed to investigating anyone who offends against children and we work hard to place offenders before the courts. It matters not how long has passed since the abuse took place and I urge anyone who has been victimised by a sex offender to speak with police or if preferred, contact Children’s Social Services of the NSPCC in the first instance – but please, do speak with someone.”