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A man has been sentenced to four years imprisonment after he sexually assaulted a schoolgirl as she walked home in Stock.
Jamie Sharpe, 43, of Langham Crescent, Billericay, received four years in prison and five years on an extended licence period at Basildon Crown Court on Monday February 3.
He was given an indefinite restraining order and he was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
At around 8pm on Friday June 28 last year, the victim, a teenage girl, was walking alone in Stock Road.
She was approached by Sharpe from behind who grabbed her by the waist, pushed her into some bushes and dragged her along a gravel path.
Members of the public heard the victim’s screams and ran to help. Sharpe ran off, taking the victims shoes with him.
Officers responded quickly and conducted a wide search, with the assistance of police drones and located and arrested Sharpe some distance away.
He had run across fields and a golf course, had removed his top and was sweating heavily.
Investigations revealed that Sharpe had phoned his partner in a panicked state, asking her to pick him up, but did not tell her why.
Sharpe was found guilty of sexual assault following a trial at Basildon Crown Court on Monday December 16.
Senior Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Sharpe has demonstrated no remorse for his actions or for the impact that he has had on the victim. He pleaded not guilty and gave incredibly weak evidence during the trial. Fortunately, the jury did not believe his lies and this week this dangerous man has been sent to prison.
“The victim demonstrated extraordinary bravery on the day, during the investigation and throughout the trial.
“I hope Sharpe’s prison sentence and the orders placed on him, offer some form of justice to her and her family.”