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Plymouth man filmed sexual assault of girl aged under 13
A Plymouth man has been jailed for 11 and a half years after he admitted a slew of of charges including sexual assault of a very young female child.
Peter Turner, originally of St Michael Avenue, Keyham, but now from Ringwood in Dorset, admitted the sexual assault on a girl aged under 13 which happened during 2020.
He also pleaded guilty to taking Category A – the most serious – images of a child, namely filming the sexual assault. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism and a further sexual assault of a child under the age of 14.
Turner, 39, also pleaded guilty to taking indecent images of a child in March 2021, and three further counts of taking indecent images of a child in 2021.
Having been remanded into custody following a hearing at Plymouth Crown Court last month where he pleaded guilty to nine charges, Turner was jailed by a judge at Plymouth Crown Court on Thursday.
At his sentencing, Crown Prosecution Service prosecutor Mary McCarthyexplained that Turner had filmed the digital penetration of the child – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – on his mobile phone.
Interrogation of the phone by investigators also revealed he had made searches for specific types of imagery related to the sexual abuse of children.
Judge Robert Linford, after retiring to consider his sentencing, returned to remind Turner he pleaded guilty on the second day of his trial.
He told Turner: “These offences were absolutely abhorrent to all right thinking members of society”, before reminding the 39-year-old that he initially denied them, resulting in the girl having to give evidence and be cross-examined in court. His late guilty plea did, at least, save others from giving evidence, Judge Linford noted.
Turner was told that he was an offender of particular concern due to the digital penetration of the girl and as such he would serve two thirds of his sentence before being considered for parole and would be subject to a one year licence.
He agreed Turner did deserve “minor credit” for his guilty plea, granting a five percent reduction in the total sentence.
Taking into account the aggravating and mitigating factors he passed a total sentence of 11 and a half years with an additional one year licence period, minus time served.
He also ordered Turner to be made subject of a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
The court was told that after the girl revealed the abuse she had suffered, she told police she was warned by Turner that if she said anything “she would be taken away”. The girl’s mother, in a victim impact statement, wrote how the girl was “terrified of police” when they came to her home “because she was afraid that they would take her away because of what [Turner] had told her”.
Speaking of her daughter, she said Turner “stole her innocence” and they had to install extra locks on the windows and doors “to help her feel safe”.
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