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A babysitter who orally raped a five-year-old girl in Borehamwood was today (Tuesday, July 27) jailed for eight-and-a-half-years.
The actions of Columbian man Jamie Alejandro Garcia Perez, 24, caused the victim, who is now aged six, to say she wants a boyfriend “to do things with.”
In a statement read to St Albans Crown Court (pictured), her mother said: “He did something inconceivable. I would like to ask him why he has done such a thing.
“She says she wants a boyfriend to do things with. For a girl of her age, that is not normal.”
The mother, who says the stress has caused her hair to fall out, went on to say: “She thinks what happened is normal.”
Prosecutor Stefan Weidmann said: “This was a very young girl. It was an egregious breach of responsibility. She was in his sole care while her mother had left the home.”
When questioned, Perez, who came to the UK in 2018, said they had an innocent play fight.
Mr Weidmann said semen stains were found on the girl’s underwear and there was some faint bruising on her body.
Perez appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to oral rape, attempted oral rape and sexual activity with a child that occurred on May 15, 2020.
Defending, James Keeley said the defendant had no previous convictions and had made timely guilty pleas.
He said it happened during the lockdown and at the time Perez was “under financial stress”.
Mr Keeley said Perez was determined nothing like this would happen again.
Jailing him, Judge Caroline Wigin said: “This little girl was five. She had been left in this man’s care.
“He chose to abuse the trust place upon him to use this child for his sexual pleasure. He caused very significant harm.”
Perez must register as a sexual offender and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for life.
At the end of the case, the judge commended the officer in the case, Jean-Pascal Beecroft, for his “consistent, dedicated and sensitive work.”