April 2022

Falmouth paedophile, 21, jailed after raping girl and ‘destroying’ her family

A 21-year-old paedophile has been jailed after he sexually abused and raped a young girl, kept indecent images and “destroyed” his victim’s family.

Adam Such, of Prislow Fields in Falmouth, carried out the abuse against the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, in May 2021.

He appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence today (Friday, April 1) after pleading guilty to seven offences, including two sexual assaults, a rape, a sex assault by penetration – all of those against a child – and three counts of possession of indecent photographs of children, including his victim.

The court was told how, on May 5, 2021, Such sexually assaulted the girl in a number of ways and took photographs.

He threatened her that there would be dire consequences for her and her family if she told anyone.

The abuse came to light after a member of the girl’s family discovered indecent pictures of the girl and other children on Such’s phone.

He denied the offences in a police interview and at a magistrates’ court, but eventually pleaded guilty a few days later.

In a victim impact statement, the little girl’s grandmother explained how her attitude suddenly changed.

“She was grown up all of a sudden, wearing makeup and speaking beyond her years,” the statement read.

She became angry and confused. But the abuse also had devastating effects on the rest of her family. Her mother began having suicidal thoughts. Her grandmother described how she also had a breakdown and could not work for months.

“All we can do is to support her and each other through this,” her statement continued. “She have to live with what he has done for the rest of her life.

“I now know that you lie to everyone, building a series of lies to get people feeling sorry for you. I had to see indecent pictures of my granddaughter and other children that I will never forget.

“I could have lost my life, grandchildren and work due to his behaviour.”

The court heard how the girl’s relationship with her mum suffered due to the abuse. Her grandfather also explained in a victim impact statement that he has been taking care of her since and has to manage the best he can her “explosive outbursts”. He said he had to increase some of his medication because of tiredness, worry and sadness.

“I worry what impact this is going to have on her growing up,” he added. “Only time will tell and we will support her any way we can.”

Representing Such, Rupert Taylor said that, although he initially pleaded not guilty, there was “remorse and contrition” in Such’s late guilty pleas.

“It is not always easy for someone, particularly young, to do the right thing immediately,” he said.

Sentencing Such, Judge Anna Richardson said he “damaged the young girl enormously”.

She added that the girl described feeling “dirty, sad and confused” and Such’s attitude, when confronted, was “utterly remorseless”.

She noted that Such now appears to feel some remorse, is of previous good character and has a history of childhood abuse. However, a pre-sentence report described how Such does “not have insight into his behaviour” and is in denial that it was for sexual gratification.

Judge Richardson also took into account a letter from Such’s mother.

“I accept from her that you have a caring side to your personality,” she said.

Such was jailed for 11 years and two months, with an extension period of four years. A sexual harm prevention order was granted, until further notice. Such must sign the sex offender register and pay a victim’s surcharge.

Judge Richardson addressed the girl’s family at the end of the proceedings, assuring them that, with the right support, she will recover.

She said: “Her spark will come back, she will stop seeing all men as a threat with your support and your care.”