September 2020

Paedophile who raped child, 8, ‘at least 13 times’ during campaign of abuse is jailed

A depraved paedophile who repeatedly raped and sexually abused an eight-year-old girl has been jailed

During Joshua Dodd’s campaign of sexual abuse in South Oxfordshire he also attacked a second child victim, groping her while performing a sex act.

The first child victim, who was raped as many as 13 times, said she was ‘scared’ of her abuser and she ‘just went along with it.’

A sentencing judge said this morning that the 28-year-old of no fixed abode had a ‘fascination with pre-pubescent girls.’

Dodd had denied 10 counts alleging rape and sexual assault and a trial was set to take place.

However he went on to change his plea and admitted to four counts – two of rape, one of assault by penetration and one of sexual assault.

The offences all involved two child victims – who cannot be named for legal reasons – in South Oxfordshire about a decade ago.

Outlining the case at his sentencing at Oxford Crown Court today prosecutor Alan Gardner said Dodd had first begun kissing his eight-year-old victim before going on to touch her sexually.

As her ordeal continued the child described being made to perform a sex act on her abuser, before he went on to rape her repeatedly.

Prosecutors said that the girl could not say exactly how many times she had been abused in this way but that it happened ‘at least 13 times.’

The victim said of her ordeal: “I was scared. I just went along with it.

“I didn’t really know what was happening.”

Dodd also sexually assaulted another young child by touching her while he performed a sex act.

That child was aged under 13.

It was also revealed that Dodd has a number of previous convictions to his name, and in 2018 he was jailed for attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, breaching a sexual prevention order and making indecent photographs of a child.

At that hearing he was jailed for more than four years.

Sentencing, Judge Ian Pringle QC called the sexual abuse ‘repeated’ and determined that Dodd was a ‘dangerous offender.’

He said: “You have a fascination with pre-pubescent girls and having sex with them in whatever possible way you can.”

Dodd was jailed for a total of 12 years and made subject to an extended sentence of four years post-release licence.

He will also sign the sex offenders register for life and be subject to a sexual harm prevention order.


January 2018

Man caught by paedophile hunters as they posed as 14-year-old girl

A man has been jailed after ‘paedophile hunters’ lured him into meeting a fictitious 14-year-old girl.

Oxford Crown Court yesterday heard Joshua Dodd, of no fixed abode, had inappropriately messaged ‘Emma’ online about having sex, and in one instance asked her to send nude pictures.

But Emma was in fact an adult member of paedophile hunter group Net Justice, who ultimately snared the 25-year-old at an address in Abingdon in October 2017.

It came shortly after he was released from a two-and-a-half year sentence for similar offences.

Dodd appeared at Oxford Crown Court via video link from HMP Bullingdon near Bicester and sat biting his nails throughout the hearing.

Prosecutor, Alan Blake, said: “Within six weeks of the defendant’s release from custody he contacted the [decoy] profile set up in the name of Emma.

“She made clear to anyone who made contact she was 14-years-old.

“By the fourth message he said he was 25 and asked her age, to which she said 14 and he replied stating it was an 11 year age difference.”

“Very quickly the conversation between them turned sexual.”

The court heard how Dodd, who appeared at court via video link, persistently sent inappropriate messages to ‘Emma’ and in one case asked to meet her for sex in a disabled toilet.

Paedophile hunters accosted Dodd on October 10 in Abingdon, handed him over to police and recorded the encounter before posting it online.

The video prompted another women to contact police about Dodd.

The court heard the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had sex with Dodd in 2011 when she was 14 and he was 19.

The women moved away but Dodd continued to be ‘very persistent’ with his messages to the then teenager requesting to meet for further sexual activity.

Mr Blake added: “She was concerned he could have behaved similarly to other young girls.”

In relation to the case involving ‘Emma’, Dodd admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, breaching a sexual prevention order and making indecent photographs of a child.

In relation to the second woman he admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to four years and four months in prison by Judge Ian Pringle.