Basildon man jailed for sexually abusing vulnerable child over an eight-year period

By YA Reporter in Crime

A BASILDON man has been jailed for sexually abusing a ’vulnerable child’.

Jonathan Craddock, 51, of Kenton Way, Langdon Hills, was convicted of five counts of sexual activity with a girl under 13 and an additional count of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 17.

He was cleared of one count of possessing indecent images of a child.

Craddock was sentenced last Friday, June 30, to six years in prison, slapped with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told he must remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

His trial heard the victim had first reported her abuse – which took place at an address in Stratford between 2004 and 2011 – in 2015.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “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.”

Evidence found at Craddock’s home corroborated her story.

Investigating officer DC Janet Glover said: “The victim was a vulnerable child when 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.”

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) issued a statement after Craddock’s sentence.

It said: “Thanks in part to the bravery of Craddock’s victim, justice has finally been served for the monstrous offences that he committed over a period of years.

“The abuse he carried out will have had a lasting impact on his victim and we hope she has received all the help and support to rebuild her life.

“This case shows once again that victims of sexual abuse will be listened to and justice can be achieved no matter how long ago the offences took place.”

Anyone concerned about a child can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

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