Reigate man sentenced after lengthy sexual offences investigation
Officers are encouraging parents and teenagers to know the signs of grooming and to discuss consent after a 21 year-old from Reigate plead guilty to a number of sexual offences involving young girls.
Jamie Gillett, of Prices Lane in Reigate, was charged with a number of offences during a hearing in July 2018, including three counts of sexual activity with a child, sexual assault of a child under 13 and a breach of a sexual risk order.
Appearing at Guildford Crown Court today (26 October 2018) Gillett was given a four and a half year custodial sentence. Gillett committed the offences between 2012 and 2016, while his victims were between 13 and 14 years of age.
Gillett was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, an indefinite restraining order against one victim and he will be listed on the sex offenders register for life.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Gemma Cherrington of the East Surrey Safeguarding Investigation Unit, said:
“Gillett started relationships with young girls, engaging in non-consensual sexual activities and showed threatening, controlling and obsessive behaviour towards them when they tried to end the relationships.
“I commend the bravery of the teenage girls for coming forward and reporting Gillett’s behaviour and for supporting a lengthy police investigation.
“We take reports of sexual offences extremely seriously and urge anybody who has been subject to sexual abuse or assault to report it to us as soon as possible. Our dedicated and specialist officers are here to support you through the investigation.”
Parents and teenagers are urged to know the signs of grooming, whether online or in person, and are encouraged to report any suspicions to police.
Signs of grooming and exploitation can include:
- Association with older people, anti-social groups and other vulnerable peers
- Being involved in abusive relationships, feeling intimidated and fearful of certain people or situations
- Going missing, running away or homelessness
- Being absent and truanting from school or showing signs of disengagement or considerable change in performance
- Unexplained changes in behaviour, temperament or personality (e.g. chaotic, aggressive, sexual, mood swings)
- These are just some of the signs and many victims will not see them as indicators of sexual exploitation or grooming. Young people often trust their abuser and don't understand that they're being abused, or they may depend on their abuser or be too scared to tell anyone what's happening.
- Further advice and guidance can be found on our website: https://surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/child-protection/child-exploitation/