May 2007

Sex abuse pervert jailed for two years

A man has today been jailed for two years for sexually abusing a child over a four-year period.

Daniel Lance James, aged 30, of Old Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault with a girl under the age of 16, sexual activity with a child, and section 47 assault when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on April 17.

James first sexually assaulted the girl when she was 13 and continued with the offences until last year, when the victim wrote a note to her mother telling her what had happened.

When James found out, he slapped the victim across the side of her face with a training shoe and became abusive towards her.

He pushed her to the floor where he knelt on her chest and started grabbing and grasping at her face. The girl subsequently contacted the police.

Detective Constable Sue Molyneux from the Child Protection Unit said: “Victims of sexual abuse often take time to break their silence, either because they are ashamed about what has happened to them or because they are worried about the consequences of coming forward.

“Thankfully, this girl worked up the courage to tell her mother and this has resulted in James’ arrest and conviction.

“This man’s actions have taken away the trust and innocence of a child, which is something she can never get back. I am pleased that he has today been brought to justice for what he has done.”