Former Security Guard Jailed

23 July 2010, 06:25 | Updated: 23 July 2010, 06:48

A former security guard from Gravesend is starting more than five years in jail for offences against children, some dating back more than 25 years.

David Brown, 62, of Codrington Crescent was arrested at his home in August last year.

He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to three counts of indecent assault on a child under the age of 13, he also admitted to nine counts of making indecent images of children.

A total of 17 charges of making indecent images of children were brought against Brown following the warrant and a confession to police. Images from levels one (being the least serious) to five were found.

While awaiting sentence for those crimes, further evidence came to light that Brown had committed a series of historic indecent assault offences between 1972 and 1982. Following a further investigation he was charged with 10 counts of the offence.

Imposing the sentence, Judge Philip St John-Stevens said that Brown had abused the trust of a child for his own sexual gratification.

Detective Constable Wendy Spain, from North Kent's child protection team, said: "The sentence imposed on Brown is a reflection of the appalling acts he exposed the victim to and the effect it has had on her adult life. The defendant thought he had got away with it but his victim did not allow that and has showed bravery in helping us seek justice."

Another seven counts of indecent assault and eight of making indecent images of children have been left on file by the court.