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BEHIND BARS: Edgware man jailed for sexual offences against a child

 Published on: 21st December 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been sentenced to two years in prison having pleaded guilty to sexual offences against a child in Hertfordshire.

Kian Leahy, aged 21, of Goldbeaters Grove, Edgware, appeared before Harrow Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday 30 November after previously pleading guilty to two counts of engaging in sexual communication with a child, and five breaches of a Sexual Risk Order (SRO).

The offences were committed between June 2021 and June 2022 and relate to one victim, a girl aged 14 at the time of the first offence.

He was sentenced to one year for each count of sexual communication with a child to run concurrently.

He was sentenced to a year for each breach of the SRO to run concurrently with each other, but consecutive to the above.

Upon sentencing, the judge recognised Leahy had “pursued the victim and exercised control over her” while describing that the defendant showed “shocking disobedience” to court orders.

Detective Constable Jemma Warburton, of Halo (Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Child Sexual Exploitation Team), said: “The prison sentence the defendant received demonstrates not only the seriousness of the case, but will further prevent the exploitation of innocent children.

“The defendant is now in detention, where his activities will be stringently monitored to ensure he no longer poses a risk to children.”

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