April 2013

Sittingbourne man jailed for child sex offences

Nicholas Bryce

A 39-year-old man has been jailed after admitting 14 child sex offences.

Nicholas Bryce of William Street in Sittingbourne, was sentenced before Canterbury Crown Court on Monday to 15 years in prison.

Bryce had been arrested in December after an 11-year-old girl claimed that he had sexually assaulted her on a number of occasions. Bryce had also made the girl look at images of child abuse.

Bryce was charged with four counts of rape, three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of causing a child to watch a sex act, four counts of sexual assault and with breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Bryce was sentenced to 15 years and was given an extended sentence, which will see him serve a minimum of 10 years.

DC Emily Hooper said: “‘Bryce put his victim through a sustained period of depraved sexual abuse, showing a complete lack of respect for another human being.

“‘As a punishment, he will have to spend a considerable amount of time behind bars. I hope the length of the sentence will highlight how seriously both the police and the courts treat this type of offending, and that it will encourage anyone who suspects such abuse, or who has been a victim, to report it to police safe in the knowledge that we will do everything in our power to put the offender in prison.”