July 2020

Ten-year extended jail term for Dinas Powys man convicted of sexually assaulting a child

A pervert who admitted exposing himself to two young girls and possessing indecent images of children, has been jailed for 10 years after he was also convicted of sexually assaulting a child.

Jamie Harris, of Dinas Powys, came to the attention of police in March 2019 after a seven-year-old girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, made a disclosure that the 40-year-old had touched her inappropriately.

Specialist officers began investigating the child’s claims, and soon discovered the abuse had happened on a number of occasions.

During the investigation, officers were able to link Harris to a report from the Vale Hotel that a man had indecently exposed himself in the swimming pool, and a search of electronic equipment belonging to him also uncovered indecent images of children

During an earlier hearing at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, Harris pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images and exposure.

He denied two counts of sexual assault of a child, but was found guilty following a four-day trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

He was today (July 6) sentenced to five years’ imprisonment with an extended five-year term and made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.