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Gravesend man jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing a child

PUBLISHED: 16:07 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:10 20 April 2018

Stanislav Fako was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday April 19. Picture: Kent Police

Stanislav Fako was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday April 19. Picture: Kent Police

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A 16-year sentence has been handed to a man from Gravesend for sexually abusing a child.

Stanislav Fako, 31, of Thistle Road, was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday April 19 after he was found guilty of two charges of causing a child to watch a sexual act, causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and attempted rape of a child.

He was also charged with assault of a child under 13 by penetration, engaging in a sexual activity in the presence of a child and intimidation.

The jury heard how between April 2016 and January 2017 Fako had abused a 12-year-old girl on a number of occasions.

Upset by what Fako had done, the girl attempted to harm herself and it was only at this point that she was able to bravely speak up and reveal what had happened.

Fako was arrested in January 2017 and following his arrest he was bailed while officers investigated the claims.

He then approached the victim on her way home from school where he intimidated her.

Officers further arrested Fako and he was remanded and charged in December 2017.

He denied all the charges however during his trial in January he was found guilty.

Fako was ordered to serve 16 years in jail with an additional four years on licence, and was also given a 15 month sentence relating to the charge of intimidation.

As well as the sentence, Fako was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and handed a sexual harm prevention order.

Investigating officer Det Con Anne-Marie Mcateer said: “Fako acted in an appalling manner to a young child who should have been able to trust him and through her bravery and our work within the community we were able to bring him to justice and ensure he did not get away with what he had done.

“I’d like to commend the bravery of the victim and also her family.

“This was a difficult case and Fako didn’t care about the ordeal he put the victim or her family through, he only thought about himself and I’m really pleased that he has received this substantial prison sentence.

“I would encourage anyone who is a victim of sexual abuse, no matter when it happened, to get in touch with Kent Police as we will always investigate. We have trained officers and will investigate crimes sensitivity and professionally.”

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