October 2021

Letchworth paedophile jailed for sexual activity with a child

A Letchworth man has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison, after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a child.

Ashley Hickey, 29, formerly of Campers Road, appeared for sentencing at St Albans Crown Court today.

The offences occurred at a property in Welwyn Garden City, between October and November 2018, and involved a female victim who was aged just 14 at the time. It was also reported that he groomed the victim by treating her and buying her gifts.

The offences were disclosed in December 2018 and police were called.

Hickey was arrested, but denied the allegations made against him.

Following an investigation by the Constabulary’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team (SOIT) charges were secured and a trial date was set for May 2020, but was subsequently delayed due to COVID-19.

When the trial was eventually due to get under way on September 6, 2021, Hickey changed his plea to guilty.

Alongside the jail term, he was also handed a restraining order and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), both lasting 10 years.