March 2015

Paedophile jailed for 13-and-a-half years for abusing 10-year-old girl

Alan Clarke

A man who sexually abused a 10-year-old girl has been jailed for 13-and-a-half years.

Alan Clarke, 31, of Pier Road, Gravesend, assaulted the child on numerous occasions over a period of a year.

He was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and one count of causing or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity at Maidstone Crown Court.

He denied the allegations throughout a trial at Maidstone Crown Court, but was found guilty by a jury. He was sentenced at the same court on 6 March

As well as his jail sentence, Clarke was given a sexual offences prevention order, and will have to register as a sex offender when he is released.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Jayne Thomas of Kent Police’s public protection unit, said: ‘I respect the judge’s sentencing in this particular matter, as well as the duty carried out by the jury – such trials are wholly unpleasant to have to be a part of.

‘The sentence reflects the seriousness of his crimes. He will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his eventual release, providing further reassurances to the community.

‘Kent Police’s absolute focus is the victim in such matters, as well as providing them with the justice they so rightly deserve in order to have some closure and move forward with their lives. I wish this brave young victim and family the very best for the future.

‘I would urge those who have experienced abuse to report it to police, you will be treated with respect and dignity at all times.’