Man jailed for sexual offences against a child
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A man has been jailed for five years for sexual offences against a child.
Antony Cook, 77, admitted three counts of sexual assault and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on 27 February.
The offences took place at his former home address in Brightlingsea over two-and-a-half years.
Cook, formerly of Brightlingsea, was jailed on Thursday 18 June and a made subject of a sexual harm prevention order for ten years. He was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
In court, the girl he abused bravely told the court how she had been affected by his crimes.
She and her family have given us permission to share some of her victim impact statement here:
“When he was doing those things to me when I was younger I didn’t know it was wrong. I just thought it was normal.
“When, through learning at school that what he was doing was wrong and not normal was when this started having more impact on me.
“I was confused and found it hard to figure it all out.
“I’ve tried my best to forget about it and put it to the back of my mind, but I know it will always be with me, it has changed who I am.
“I now know none of this is my fault, and that for all the damage he has done to me he is not going to break me.”
Detective Constable Rachel Evemy said: “I would like to praise this young victim for her incredible courage in speaking out about the abuse she suffered at the hands of someone she trusted and I hope that this result brings her some comfort and closure.
“I hope her bravery encourages others who also are suffering to feel they can speak out.”
If you have been affected by child sexual abuse, no matter how long ago, please don’t suffer in silence.
If you contact us, our specialist officers will make sure you are supported.
Contact us on 101 and ask to speak to our child abuse investigation team.
You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org.