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11 February 2015, 14:27 | Updated: 11 February 2015, 14:29
A man from Coxheath has been jailed for seven years for sexual offences involving two young girls.
David Bloomfield, 62, was sentenced following a retrial at Maidstone Crown Court, where he was convicted of crimes carried out between February 2011 and May 2012.
Bloomfield, formerly of The Beacons, Coxheath, gained the trust of his victims by cuddling them and allowing them to play computer games but then manipulated their trust to commit abuse.
He was initially arrested by Kent Police in May 2012, in connection with offences against four children. He denied all the allegations and following a trial last year a jury was unable to find him guilty in connection with offences relating to two of the children. Members of the jury were unable to reach a verdict on charges relating to the two other children and a retrial was ordered, in respect of these victims.
At the retrial Bloomfield was found guilty of the following offences: One count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, two counts of causing and inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity and one of sexual assault. He was sentenced to seven years in prison on 6 February and must sign on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely. He was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, until further notice.
DC Darren Smitherman said: ‘Bloomfield pleaded not guilty to all the charges he was facing which meant that unfortunately it has taken quite a long time to get justice for his victims. The courts have recognised that Bloomfield is a dangerous and predatory man and thankfully he now will be punished for his crimes.
‘I would like to thank the victims and their relatives who have been brave enough to come forward and testify against Bloomfield. Sadly, these children will no doubt carry the mental scars of his crimes with them for a long time but I hope they will be able to move forward from this, knowing that Bloomfield is now safely behind bars.’