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BEHIND BARS: Man jailed after being found guilty of child sex offences in Bushey

 Published on: 16th November 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been jailed for a total of four years and four months after being convicted of several child sex offences in Bushey in 2019.

Julian Braculla, aged 37, of New Malden appeared in court on November 15 after previously being found guilty of: Attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, Arranging the commission of a child sex offence, Meeting a girl aged under 16 following grooming.

During the seven-day trial the jury heard how in July 2019 Braculla began chatting online to a profile he believed belonged to a 13 year old girl. The messages became sexual in nature and Braculla asked the online profile to share naked photos with him. 

On Saturday, August 17 2019, he travelled 30 miles from his home to meet the girl in Park Close, Bushey, with the expectation that they would engage in sexual activity.

However, shortly after Braculla arrived he was arrested by officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary and taken into custody.

He pled not guilty but was eventually found guilty of all charges on Wednesday, October 6 this year.

Detective Sergeant Georgie Fenge, who investigated the case, said: “Braculla has shown himself to be a very dangerous individual after driving a significant distance with the impression that he was going to have sexual relations with an underage girl. 

“He knew very well what he was doing was wrong but despite that, he carried on. Convicting people like Braculla is the reason we come to work in the morning. Our main goal is to safeguard children from online predators, and ensure those who choose to commit these crimes are charged and jailed so they cannot be a danger to anyone else.”

In addition to his custodial sentence, Braculla will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and he must also abide by the terms of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

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