Northumberland predator who sexually assaulted girl jailed after victim bravely speaks out

A man who sexually assaulted a girl has been jailed after his victim bravely contacted police to inform them of her ordeal.

The victim told Karl Curry, 34, to stop as he began the assault, but when he didn’t she bit him in self-defence and managed to get away.

The girl then bravely told family and friends of her ordeal and they contacted Northumbria Police, whose officers immediately launched an investigation.

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Curry was arrested but in interview denied sexually assaulting the victim.

He was subsequently charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of voyeurism against the victim, which he initially denied, but pleaded guilty to all offences two weeks ahead of his trial, which was listed at Newcastle Crown Court in March.

He was then remanded in custody.

Curry, of Hipsburn Crescent, Alnwick, was sentenced to a total of a total four years and three months in prison on May 5.

He was also made subject to a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim and handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He will also remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Jaclyn Younger, of the Force’s Safeguarding department, said: “Curry’s victim has shown huge bravery throughout this process and I sincerely hope the sentence which has been handed down provides her and her family with a degree of closure.”

Det Sgt Younger added: “This sentence serves as a stark warning to those despicable people among us who believe they can get away with sexually assaulting children – we will do everything possible to bring you to justice.

“No-one under any circumstances should be subjected this kind of attack and anyone who comes forward will be supported fully by our specially trained officers.”

Anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault or abuse is asked to contact police on 101 or report via the “Tell Us Something” page of the Northumbria Police website.


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