July 2022

Pervert groomed and abused schoolgirl

A paedophile groomed a schoolgirl before going on to abuse her after asking her to wear lingerie while having underage sex.

James Brum, 39, from Newport, was condemned as “selfish and self-centred” for having stolen his victim’s virginity.

He had intercourse with her on seven occasions and told her after the first time: “You really wanted it.”

The defendant would manipulate his victim and said to her that she was in his “secret club”.

Brum would also ask the girl to send him nude photos of her, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

Rachel Knight, prosecuting, said: “The defendant groomed his victim.

“He bought lingerie for her to wear during their encounters.

“She would wear these at his request.”

The victim’s impact statement was read out in which she said: “I have flashbacks to the events that happened.

“He targeted me specifically for his sexual desires.

“I feel uncomfortable around men now.

“Nothing will change what James Brum has done to me and he’s had a huge impact on my future.

“He has stolen my childhood from me and he has stolen my virginity.”

Brum pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual activity with a child, two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Michael Fitton QC told Brum: “This was an appalling campaign of sexual abuse.

“You are a profoundly selfish and self-centred man.

“You used that child to satisfy your own sexual urges.

“This is a classic case of grooming.”

Brum, of Llanthewy Road, Newport, was jailed for eight years.

The defendant will have to serve two-thirds of that sentence in custody before being released on licence.

He will have to register as a sex offender for life and was made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Brum must also pay a victim’s surcharge after his release from prison.