A Loughborough man has today (Wednesday 1 December) been jailed for a raft of child sex offences.
Alan Glendinning, 51, was sentenced to seven years and one months’ imprisonment at Leicester Crown Court.
He committed the offences over a number of years, starting when his young victim – who is now a teenager – was just 11 or 12 years old.
His crimes came to light in April last year, when the victim’s mother became suspicious of the way in which he was acting towards her. A report was made to police and she recalled a number of occasions when he touched her inappropriately. She said she had a bond with him, but was scared to speak out as she did not want to lose his trust.
Indecent images of children – including some of the victim – were found on Glendinning’s phone.
In August, Glendinning, of Rutland Street, Loughborough, was pleaded guilty to:
Four counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13
Two counts of assault by penetration of a child under 13
One count of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
He is subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and has also been placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.
Detective Constable Georgina White, from the force’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) was the investigating officer, she said: “Glendinning took advantage of his young victim for his own sexual gratification.
“He has an obvious sexual interest in young children and he took away her innocence. He was able to manipulate her in such a way that he believed she wouldn’t have the confidence to speak out about what he was doing.
“I’m pleased he’s now serving time in prison for his crimes and I hope both the victim and her family are now able to move on with their lives.”
There are a number of different agencies who are able to offer independent help and support to victims of sexual offences in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Further information on these services and details on who to contact if you have been a victim of a sexual offence can be found by visiting http://leics.police.uk