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Gravesend man jailed for nine years for sexually abusing young girl

PUBLISHED: 09:25 15 May 2014

Matthew Underwood was jailed for nine years

Matthew Underwood was jailed for nine years

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A "depraved" man has been jailed for nine years after admitting to the sexual abuse of a young girl.

Matthew Underwood, 34, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on May 12.

He had previously pleaded guilty on April 12 to four sexual assault offences and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

The assaults occurred last year over a period of months, with Underwood telling the girl to “keep it secret”.

The young victim told a family member about the abuse in September last year, who then contacted Kent Police.

Investigating officer, DC Zoe Traynor, said: “Every child matters to Kent Police and protecting vulnerable members of our communities is paramount.

“The victim in this case was a very young girl who was incredibly brave in coming forward and talking to our officers in order for us to build up the necessary evidence against Underwood. She is now protected from further sexual abuse and I hope this custodial sentence will give her family the strength to move on from their terrible ordeal.

“Underwood is a depraved individual who showed absolutely no regard for the effect his dreadful actions had on his victim.”

As well as being sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment, Underwood will also be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order upon his release.

He will remain on the sexual offenders’ register for life.

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