A MAN from Stalybridge who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl has been jailed.
Bryan Ashcroft, 36, of School Crescent, Stalybridge was sentenced on Monday, July 9, 2018 to 10 years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court for sexually assaulting a girl under 16.
In October 2017, a woman in her forties found indecent photos of a 14-year-old girl on Ashcroft’s phone at a house in Stalybridge.
As she continued to scroll through the pictures, the woman came across indecent videos of the teenager, which showed Ashcroft sexually assaulting the girl.
She took these images straight to the police and Ashcroft was arrested, later admitting that ‘it must have been him’.
He then pleaded guilty at an earlier trial and has been given a sexual harm prevention order, as well as being put on the sex offenders register for life.
Detective Constable Louise Isherwood of GMP’s Public Protection Investigation Unit in Tameside, said: “The impact of Ashcroft’s actions on this young teenager is absolutely unimaginable, I am so relieved he’s now behind bars, for her, and for those around her.
“She was incredibly brave to come forward, sharing vital evidence with our officers so that we could put the case together against Ashcroft.
“Her strength means that other children will be protected from the vile actions of this sex offender.”
Following the sentencing of Ashcroft, an NSPCC spokesperson said: “Ashcroft inflicted horrific abuse on this vulnerable young girl and the fact he kept videos and pictures of his crimes show the lengths of his depravity.
“Thanks to the bravery of his victim, he is locked up where he cannot harm any other children.
“At the NSPCC, our Letting the Future In programme works with children who have experienced sexual abuse to help them understand what has happened to them, and work to move forward with their lives.”
Please visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk for information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do about it.