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Sex offender jailed for abuse during 1980s and 1990s

A sex offender from Cornwall has been jailed for abusing children in West Malling during the 1980s and 1990s.
Christopher Gillard abused victims, one of who was as young as three years old, over a period spanning more than a decade.

A Kent Police investigation began in December 2015 after one of his victims came forward. Enquires led to the discovery he had targeted and assaulted a further three children.

Gillard had carried out the abuse on multiple occasions, between 1987 and 1999, during a time he had been living in Sittingbourne, but also had connections to West Malling.

Guilty pleas 

Now aged 64 and formerly of Launceston in Cornwall, Gillard was charged with eight counts of indecent assault.

He had initially denied any wrong doing, telling police he had simply been ‘play fighting’ with his young victims. However, at Maidstone Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to five of the charges.

The other three charges were ordered by the judge to remain on file.

On Thursday 8 February 2018 Gillard was sentenced to five years and three months imprisonment.

Never too late 

Detective Constable Becky Taft said: ‘Gillard manipulated and abused children for his own gratification and they will live with these memories for the rest of their lives. I would like to thank the victims for helping us ensure he has now faced justice.

'Their bravery and courage in coming forward has demonstrated, once again, that it is never too late to report abuse to police. If you have been a victim of any sexual offence we will always treat any information with the utmost confidence and sensitivity.’

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