A 34-year-old man from Aylesbury has been jailed after being found guilty of committing sexual offences against children.
Following a 16-day trial at St Albans Crown Court in May of this year, Mike Martin was found guilty of nine counts of sexual activity with a child, which related to two vulnerable girls.
On Thursday, August 31, Martin again appeared at St Albans Crown Court, where he was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He will also be on the Sex Offenders Register for life and subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Both victims were young teenagers living in the Dacorum area of Hertfordshire when they first met and were groomed by Martin. The first offences date back to 2012, when Martin was 23 years old.
DC Vicky Draper, from the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, said: “This was a complex and protracted investigation, with both victims being supported by specialist officers from our HALO team and we commend them for their bravery in agreeing to take part in the investigation.
“Perpetrators like Mike Martin pray on vulnerable girls, befriending them when they need help and support and then abusing the trust they have built up with them, to take advantage of them sexually.
“Anyone who has been a victim of child abuse, or thinks a child is being abused, should contact police immediately and a report can be made in confidence.”
In addition, anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for practical and emotional support.
The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them.