January 2023

Paedophile who gave money to girl, 13, before sexually assaulting her has been jailed

A paedophile who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in Northamptonshire has been jailed for four years.

Tony Jackman, who lived in Irthlingborough, assaulted the child after gaining her trust over a period of eight months between December 2020 and August 2021.

A court heard how he befriended the young girl by offering her lifts in his car and giving her money.

Jackman was arrested on 6 May last year, when the offences were reported to Northamptonshire Police.

His digital devices were seized and indecent images of children found on them, including photos he had taken himself of the victim and some of her friends.

Jackman was charged with two counts of sexual assault, three counts of making indecent images of children, three counts of taking photographs of children, five counts of recording images under clothing without consent, and one count of voyeurism.

He pleaded guilty to all the offences at Northampton Crown Court on August 9, confessing that he took the photos for his own sexual gratification.

He was jailed for four years and five months with an extended licence of four years after being found to be dangerous.

He was also issued with an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.