Chelmsford man sentenced for sexual offences

An investigation by the Adult Sexual Abuse Investigation Team (ASAIT) has resulted in a man being jailed for two years.

Jack Harrison, 22 of Beeches Road, Chelmsford, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, October 13 after pleading guilty to multiple sexual offences.

Harrison was arrested in June 2021 after Essex Police received a report from a survivor of sexual abuse that they had been sexually assaulted.

Following his arrest, Harrison refused to provide the PIN for his phone, delaying the process of officers gathering evidence. Despite this, evidence was obtained and Harrison was charged on May 30 2022 with two counts of sexual assault by penetration and one count of sexual assault by touching.

During a pre-trial hearing on July 26 this year, Harrison pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault by penetration and one count of sexual assault by touching. He pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault by penetration.

He appeared in court on October 13 where he was sentenced to two years in prison. He was also made to sign onto the Sex Offenders Register and issued with a five-year restraining order.

Detective Constable Hughes, investigating officer in the case said “In the early stages of the investigation, Harrison refused to admit what he did and even attempted to prolong the investigation process by refusing to provide his PIN.

“Our focus for this case, as with every case is securing justice for the victim. I hope the victim knows that they were believed and is now able to move on with their life.”

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