Bordon man jailed for child sex offences
A man has been jailed for nine years following an investigation by our Sexual Offences Investigation Team.
Simon Thornton, pictured left, from Bordon pleaded guilty to a number of sexual offences against a child as well as taking indecent images, and was sentenced following a hearing at Guildford Crown Court today (June 18).
The 46-year-old’s offences took place from 2006 until 2009 and related to one victim, and were reported to officers in October last year, at which point he was arrested.
Investigating officer Police Constable Tamzin Ede said:
“Simon Thornton displayed predatory behaviour to abuse a child for a prolonged period. He clearly believed he would get away with this offending given how long it carried on and has now rightly been jailed for his abhorrent crimes.
“Simon Thornton’s crimes have impacted the victim through her childhood and into adult life, the offending against her have caused low confidence, depression and difficulties in building new trusted relationships. The victim in this case has shown real courage in reporting and supporting the police investigation.”
“This case is one of many that we investigate in the Sexual Offences Investigation Team where we have highly trained and specialist officers who everyday support victims of sexual offences and investigate offences.”
“I hope that today’s sentencing encourages victims of sexual offences, whether recent or in the past to come forward and report offences.”
Thornton pleaded guilty to the following charges:
- 13 charges of sexual activity with a child over 13
- 9 charges of taking indecent images
If you have been the victim of a sexual offence or know someone who has please report it to Surrey Police immediately via 101 (or 999 if it is an emergency).
- Support and advice is also available from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) via www.nspcc.org.uk or their helpline on 0808 800 5000.
- If you are concerned about your own online behaviour, or that of someone you know, make contact with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation's “Stop It Now” anonymous helpline on 0808 1000 900 before your activity becomes a problem.
- Visit www.surrey.police.uk/cse for more information and advice on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
What is CSE?
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), is the sexual abuse of a young person aged under 18 involving exploitative situations and relationships. The sexual activity often takes place in exchange for money, alcohol, drugs, or presents such as clothing or mobile phones.
A common feature is that the child or young person does not recognise the coercive nature of the relationship and does not see themselves as a victim of exploitation. Victims can be targeted in person or online and are often targeted because they are already vulnerable in some other way.
What do you do if you have concerns about someone that you know?
If you are worried that someone you know may be being groomed or exploited, tell someone that you trust and consider talking to us about it. If you feel you can tell us about it, we will take action to bring offenders to justice and offer you support.
You can call us on 101, but in an emergency always dial 999. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.