A disgusting man has been jailed for child abuse and indecent image offences was given a life ban on having unsupervised contact with children and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
David Brunt a 53-year-old man has been jailed for five and a half years, as well as receiving a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), a restraining order and a court surcharge for sexual offences against a child and for possessing indecent images of children.
He’d previously pleaded not guilty to the offence. Of Balcary Court, Hartlepool appeared at Teesside Crown Court where he pleaded not guilty to two charges of raping a child under 13.
During his previous appearance at court he denied two further offences of sexually assaulting a child under 13, and a further three counts of making indecent photographs of a child.
The court heard how one of the charges relates to category A images – the most serious.
The other two relate to category B and category C images.
Mr Brunt of Hartlepool abused the when she was just 9 years old and a report was made to Cleveland Police in 2019.
He was arrested and during a search of his house devices seized and examined whereby a number or indecent images of children where found.
The child and her family received specialist support from police and partner agencies while the investigation continued and in December 2021 Brunt was charged with two counts of rape of a girl under 13 and three counts of possessing indecent images of children.
A trial was set for January this year where he finally pleaded guilty to two sexual assaults and the three counts of possession of child abuse images.
In court his actions were described as repeated offending and he acknowledged that he had abused the child multiple times.
Welcoming today’s result, officer in the case Detective Constable Gemma Allan of Cleveland Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: “Firstly I’d like to pay tribute to the victim who bravely came forward and spoke out about what she had experienced.
“In doing so, it allowed police to take immediate action to protect and safeguard her, but she also potentially saved other youngsters from abuse by Brunt. Brunt is a dangerous, predatory man, who has caused this child untold struggles in her day to day life.
“Her wider family has also been badly affected but they’ve all shown such incredible bravery throughout the investigation and the court process. I hope today’s result will bring a degree of comfort to them all and I wish them the very best going forward. I’d also like to thank the agencies locally who provided invaluable support to the victim and her family.”
Safeguarding Acting Detective Superintendent Deb Fenny added: “I’d reassure anyone who has suffered or is experiencing similar abuse that help is always available from Cleveland Police. You can report for yourself or on behalf of another person 24 hours a day, via the 101 number.
“We promise to investigate all allegations and will always put victims and their wellbeing and welfare at the heart of our inquiries.”