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11 June 2013, 16:03
A man from Abingdon’s been jailed for sexually abusing a ten-year-old girl.
Jason Roberts, 36, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.
The girl told a teacher about the abuse five years after it had happened – she said it had only stopped when she’d threatened to tell someone about it.
When he was interviewed by officers in March, police say Roberts admitted the offences but offered no reason why he’d done it.
The next month, he went to Abingdon Police Station with a Stanley knife and threatened to kill himself.
He also admitted possessing a knife in a public place and was sentenced today at Oxford Crown Court to 20 months in prison.
He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.
Det Con Jeff Wheble, investigating officer from the CAIU, said: “I am pleased with Robert’s conviction, and that he pleaded guilty which meant his victim did not have to go through the further ordeal of giving evidence in court.
“I would like to thank the victim for her courage in coming forward, and hope the conviction will encourage other victims of sexual abuse to report it to the police and the other authorities.”