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Man who sexually exploited young girls receives six year jail sentence

October 28, 2014, 3:57 pm

A 23 year old man from Bedford has been jailed for six years after he pleaded guilty to five offences of sexually exploiting teenage girls.

Aaron Gadsden, of Wadsworth Court, Bedford, appeared for sentencing at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday October 28 having already pleaded guilty to three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child under 16 and two counts of meeting following sexual grooming.

Gadsden, an Army Cadet instructor, had used his position to meet and commit an offence against one of the victims while also using social media over a period of months to build up relationships with two other victims.

While numerous offenders have been jailed for similar offences, the sentencing today is the first ‘Child Sexual Exploitation conviction secured by Bedfordshire Police and Detective Inspector Jerry Waite praised the work of his officers as well as recognising the bravery of the victims.

“Cases concerning sexual offences of children are always extremely complex and have to be dealt with sensitively,” said DI Waite. “The victims in this case had all built up relationships with Gadsden without realising that they were being exploited by him for his own gratification. They all showed great bravery in coming forward, recognising that they were victims and then discussing what had happened with officers.

“Child Sexual Exploitation is an offence that is taken very seriously by Bedfordshire Police and it is a top priority for the force. We have a team in place who are specially trained to deal with this type of offence and our officers would encourage anyone who believes that they may have been or still are a victim, to come forward and speak with us.

“The sentence handed out today is a clear example that action can be taken and those guilty of exploiting children for sexual purposes can and will end up in prison.”

Anyone with information relating to Child Sexual Exploitation can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, by calling 101 and speaking with the Safeguarding Investigation Unit.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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