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Paedophile jailed for sexually abusing young girl

A paedophile from Chapel-en-le-Frith has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for sexually abusing a young girl under the age of 13.

Steven Dawson was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Thursday 25 February.

The 59-year-old, who lives on an unnamed road between Blackbrook and Sparrowpit, had pleaded guilty to a number of offences at an earlier hearing.

These were causing a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of sexual assault of a child, and assault by penetration.

They happened in Chapel between December 2019 and December 2020. 

As well as being jailed, Dawson was also handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order. This prohibits him from having any contact with any girl under the age of 16, amongst other conditions.

He has also been banned from working with children and will be required to sign the sex offenders register.

'I hope she will give confidence to others to speak out' 

Detective Constable Heidi Tollervey, who led the investigation, said: “I want to express my thanks and praise the young girl in this case who showed great courage throughout the investigation.

“In doing so, not only has she seen Steven Dawson put behind bars for what he did to her, but I hope she will have also given confidence to others who may have been affected by similar crimes to know that they are not alone and can speak out.

“Although nothing can change what happened to her, I hope this sentencing provides some closure for her to move forward with her life.

“To anyone reading this who may have also suffered sexual assault or abuse, whether now or in the past, I urge you - please speak to someone. There is help available, whether you wish to involve the police or not.

“If you do feel able to contact us, you will be listened to and we will investigate and support you through the process.”

Support available 

Anyone who has been affected by a similar crime, whether recent or non-recent, and would like some support can contact SV2 – a Derbyshire based organisation who support victims of sexual violence - regardless of whether you wish to report an incident to police. 

Their website is www.sv2.org.uk or you can call their advice line 01773 746 115 (open 7 days a week 8am – 5pm).

People can also report incidents to Derbyshire Police via the following methods: 

• Facebook – send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary

• Twitter – direct message the contact centre on @DerPolContact

• Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

• Phone – call 101.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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