June 2022

Northampton pervert pleads guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 2019

A 20-year-old man from Northampton has pleaded guilty to a number of sexual assault charges following an incident in early 2019. His victim was only 13 at the time.

Jay Cunnington, of Bants Lane, Northampton, sexually assaulted the underage girl in February 2019, when he was 17 years old.

He also sent her inappropriate photos of himself.

He was charged with three counts of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15.

He was also charged with one count of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15.

At Northampton Crown Court earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to the offences.

He will be sentenced at the same court on August 12, 2022.

Lead investigator Detective Constable Andrea Taylor said: “First of all, I want to commend this young woman for her bravery in reporting this crime to us and for supporting our investigation throughout.

We know how hard it is to approach the police, especially when reporting a crime of this nature, and she has shown courage beyond her years and indeed, beyond what should ever have been expected of her, in coming forward.

“Jay Cunnington knew this girl was only 13 years old when he made sexual advances towards her – something she did not want and was not in a position to consent to. I am pleased to see him plead guilty to these offences and hope it allows this young woman to move forward with her life.”