A Bridgend man has been jailed for 12 years today after being convicted of 10 sexual offences against a child.
Daniel Beveridge, aged 34, was charged with seven counts of sexual assault on a girl under 13, one count of causing/inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of attempted rape of a girl under 13 and sexual assault of a girl under 13 by penetration.
The charges relate to one victim and range from July to October of last year. He was convicted by a jury following a trial in July.
At Newport Crown Court today, Beveridge was given an extended sentence of 16 years comprising of a custodial term of 12 years and an extended licence period of four years. Beveridge was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offender register.
Detective Constable Andrew Wallace, officer in the case, said: “Today’s result is testament to the bravery of the victim who has not only shown considerable strength and courage in coming forward to report the abuse she suffered, but also throughout the lengthy and complex investigation and court process.
“This was made all the more harrowing by Beveridge’s refusal to admit his guilt, thus forcing the victim to live through the ordeal of a trial.
“I hope today’s result gives her some comfort as she comes to terms with the abuse she suffered and attempts to rebuild her life.
“I also hope that it sends a message to anyone else who has suffered, or is currently suffering abuse, that they can come forward and any allegations will be taken seriously.
“I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to come forward to report such appalling crimes but I want to reassure anyone considering doing so that there is a whole range of support out there, not only from the police but from partner agencies who can help you through the entire process.
“Officers in the specialist child abuse investigation unit covering Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan will continue to work tirelessly to protect children and bring perpetrators of child abuse to justice.”
Sexual abuse can be reported via 101, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.