Ware paedophile continued to sexually abuse school girl after she reported him to police
A Hertfordshire paedophile continued to sexually abuse a schoolgirl after she reported him to the police for the first time, a court has heard.
Christopher James, from Ware, Hertfordshire, was jailed for seven years at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday where the judge condemned his “controlling approach” and lack of remorse after the attacks.
The sentencing follows a trial where a jury found James, 48, guilty of eight counts of sexual assault against a child which involved incidents that took place between 2013 and 2015.
The victim explained that she had since been treated for depression and had become “emotional and insecure” following James’ abuse.
She has also experienced “recurring dreams” of the attacker and has required medication to allow her to sleep.
The victim added that it had impacted “every part of my life” and in following relationships she allowed herself to be “walked over and cheated on” because that’s what she thought she deserved.
The court heard that James’ attacks continued even after the victim had spoken to police in 2014.
The victim said that police had discussed the traumatising nature of going through the court process, so they did not pursue further action with the hopes that James’ behaviour would change.
However, the abuse continued and the matter wasn’t fully investigated until October 2019 when the victim once again reported James’ behaviour.
The victim said she had been much better supported by officers since 2019 and throughout the trial process, which has finally seen justice delivered.
Judge Wigin said that the victim of James’ abuse had suffered “severe psychological harm” as a result of his “continued campaign of sexual abuse”.
Addressing the court, he added that there “has never been any remorse” from the attacker who will serve at least two-thirds of the sentence behind bars.
Judge Wigin sentenced James to five years for the first four counts of sexual assault, with a further year for each of the two counts reported after the initial report to the police.
James was also handed a one-year sentence for the final two counts which will be served concurrently, equalling a total of seven years in prison.
James has been placed on the sex offenders’ register and will remain there indefinitely.
He is also the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.