A man has today been jailed for 15 years after he was convicted of sexual abuse of a child.

Brian Slee, aged 56, of Pontypridd, was convicted of two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 after a trial last month.

Today at Cardiff Crown Court he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and made to sign the sex offenders register.

The charges relate to one victim and range between 2014 and 2017.

The mother of the victim, in a victim personal statement which was read in court, said she has noticed several changes in her daughter since she told her mother about the abuse.

She said her daughter is sleeping and eating better since Slee was arrested. The mother said she feels that her daughter has not had the childhood she deserves.

Detective Constable Jemma Murchington, officer in the case, said: “Children needs to be protected from individuals like Slee and the sentence handed to him today shows the gravity of the crimes he has committed.

Brian Slee

“The victim has shown considerable strength and courage in coming forward to speak about her abuse but also throughout the complex investigation and court process.

“I hope today’s result gives her and her family some comfort and closure as they try to rebuild their lives. “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.

“I hope today’s sentencing 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.”

Sexual abuse can be reported via 101, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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