April 2015

Pensioner jailed after pleading guilty to abusing child aged under 13-years-old

Leslie Danton

Leslie Eric Danton, 66, abused a young girl at his home in Chilton Field, Ash, between September 1 last year January 4 this year.

The “highly manipulative” paedophile was jailed for five years and four months when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court today (Friday, April 17).

He will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Police charged Danton on January 4 with a total of nine offences against a young girl. They include:

  • Three counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by penetration with a part of the body

  • Three counts of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity

  • Three counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching.

He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on January 26. He was also admitted possession of child abuse images.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Daniel Aylett, of Kent Police’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said: “Danton is a highly manipulative person who carried out a series of attacks on a young girl in a short space of time.

“I commend the bravery of the victim in coming forward and the sentence given to Danton is a satisfying result for officers who worked very hard to bring the offender to justice.