max temp: 13°C

min temp: 9°C


‘Dangerous abuser’ jailed for sex offences against children aged under 13

PUBLISHED: 07:28 30 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 01 July 2018

Adam Austin-Andrew, 38, has been jailed for child sex offences Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Adam Austin-Andrew, 38, has been jailed for child sex offences Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Essex Police

An Essex man who subjected young children to “horrendous and sickening sexual crimes” has been jailed for more than 10 years.

Adam Austin-Andrew, 38 and from Harwich, admitted numerous child sex offences at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday.

Essex Police arrested Austin-Andrew in March in connection with recent offences involving children aged under 13.

Following his arrest, officers received details of historic sexual abuse, dating back to the 1990s, on a child who was aged under 13 at the time.

Investigating officer Dc Vicky Blackmore, of Essex Police’s child abuse investigations team, said: “Austin-Andrew subjected young children to horrendous and sickening sexual crimes, which will have a life-long impact on them.

“I would like to praise the victims and their families for their courage throughout our investigation and subsequent court case.

“Austin-Andrew is a dangerous abuser and has received a lengthy prison sentence. I hope this outcome offers some justice to his victims.”

Austin-Andrew admitted one count of engaging in sexual activity in front of a child, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act, five counts of sexual assault on a child and two counts of taking indecent images of children.

He was jailed for 10 years and nine months.

An NSPCC spokeswoman said: “Offenders like Austin-Andrew pose a serious risk to children and it is right that he is now behind bars for the vile abuse he has perpetuated over the years.

“It’s vital that all victims of sexual abuse know it is never their fault and are fully supported when they come forward and report it – the survivors in this case must be commended for their extraordinary bravery in speaking out against their attacker.

“We want young people to be able to recognise and report abuse, which is why the NSPCC visited 194 schools in Essex last year with our Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies and workshops.”

Any child who needs help and support can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk.

The harrowing consequences of poor driving have been laid bare by a police chief who says he is sick of seeing the carnage it causes.

People are being warned of rail delays after police attended to an incident involving ‘disruptive passengers’ on a Greater Anglia service.

Most Conservative MPs from this region continue to support the Prime Minister in the face of the Brexit storm – but accept that the Parliamentary numbers make it difficult to see how the deal announced on Wednesday can get through.

Firefighters now believe a blaze above a high street shop in Ipswich was started deliberately.

Police have closed an armed robbery case after failing to identify a suspect.

As the country pulls together for Children in Need, one Ipswich business is raising funds by encouraging employees to bring a few cuddly friends to work.

An alcoholic accused of murdering a homeless man whose badly beaten body was found in the stairwell of a Colchester car park has told a court that the victim was still alive when he and his two co-defendants left him.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24