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Northfleet man jailed for sexually abusing young girl

PUBLISHED: 12:38 05 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:38 05 August 2013

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

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A Northfleet man has been jailed for 13 years after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a young girl.

Michael Anderson, 52, of Haynes Road, Northfleet, was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court of one offence of oral rape, one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, five counts of sexual assault, one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, two of causing a child to watch a sexual act and two of making indecent images of children. He was sentenced last Thursday (August 1).

The court was told that in May last year, the young girl revealed the extent of the abuse she had been subjected to by Anderson, which included making her watch pornographic programmes on television and his laptop, sexual touching and forcing her to perform a sex act on him.

Anderson was arrested by officers on May 20 and denied all allegations. He was arrested again and interviewed after a number of indecent images of children were found on his computer.

Investigating officer, Det Con Fleur Hardie, said: “This was a particularly heinous crime in which Anderson chose not to admit what he had done, which was a persistent abuse of a young girl who at times was forced to perform sex acts on this man. Not only did he deny these claims, but attempted to brand the victim a liar and then prolong the agony by way of a trial.

“I would like to praise the bravery of the victim for not only speaking up and telling an adult about what had happened, but then having to re-tell the horrendous ordeal in interview. She showed true bravery, courage and character which meant this man will now spend a long time behind bars.”

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