Shepshed man jailed for child sex offences

A man from Shepshed has been jailed after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences.

Samuel James Griffiths, 35, appeared at Leicester Crown Court last week where he pleaded guilty to seven charges of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15 and one charge of causing/inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.

He returned to Leicester Crown Court today (May 11) where he was sentenced to four years in prison.

He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention order (SHPO) and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Griffiths, of Tyler Court, was arrested and questioned by Detectives in February 2017, when the girl confided to a relative.

The defendant met his victim in 2014, when she was just 12 years old. Over a number of months he began making personal comments to the victim. When she was 13, this then progressed with Griffiths engaging in sexual activity with the victim.

He would often tell the victim not to tell anyone about the sexual activity as he would lose everything leaving the victim in her own words ‘feeling guilty.’

Detective Constable Rebekah Cortez, the investigating officer, said: “Griffiths took advantage of this young victim and manipulated her for his own gratification.”

“He was aware of her age but, despite this, continued to engage in sexual activity with her for his own benefit.”

“The victim has shown tremendous strength and courage throughout the investigation. She has, at times, had to relive what happened, but has always been determined to put Griffiths before the courts.”