April 2010

Man jailed for abusing young girls in Wigan and Salford

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James Edward Neville Jones (born 15/01/1965), of Great Lever, Bolton, pleaded guilty to indecent assault on a girl under 13 years old, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of sexual assault by touching, five counts of sexual activity with a child through penetration and 22 counts of possession of indecent images of children at an earlier hearing.

James JonesHe has been given an indeterminate sentence for public protection at Bolton Crown Court and must serve a minimum of three years and 217 days in jail before he is even eligible for parole. 

Two of Jones’ victims were just 14-years-old when he sexual abused them at an address Wigan in the summer of 2008. Another, who was between 13 and 14-years-old, was sexually abused. On one occasion, it is believed he recorded the abuse on his mobile phone. 

Jones also sexually abused a fourth victim in 2002, this time at a house in Salford, when she was 12-years-old. 

On 23 September 2008, two of the victims came forward and Jones was arrested. His computer was seized and found to contain a large amount of indecent images of children. 

Detective Constable Kevin Telford, from Wigan CID, said: “Jones completely abused the trust the parents of his victim place in him and abused defenceless young girls. He is a bully and a predator and he deserves to be locked away. 

“Jones did eventually admit what he did, but the physical and emotional scars will stay with the victims and their families forever. I can only hope that seeing Jones behind bars where he cannot hurt anyone else will bring them some peace of mind. 

“The judge commented that he is a highly dangerous sexual predator who showed no remorse other than for himself. 

“I would also like to praise all the victims who came forward for their bravery. Understandably, many people who suffer this sort of abuse stay silent for many years and their attackers walk free, but thanks to the courage of these young girls who spoke up at a very early stage, we have been able to put Jones away.” 

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process. 

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.