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Beckton man jailed for sexually assaulting young girl

William Powell used the trust placed in him to sexually assault a young girl

A man from Beckton has been jailed for sexually assaulting a child twice in 2016. 

William Powell, 66, of East Ham Manor Way, was supposed to be looking after the victim at his home when the incidents took place.

The girl, who was younger than 13-years-old at the time, told a youth practitioner what had happened nearly two years later in May 2018. 

A report was given to the police who launched an investigation. They managed to identify Powell, who was already in prison for a separate offence, and interviewed him. 

He was charged with two counts of sexual assault of a female by touching in July 2020.

Powell was found guilty of the offences and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court today. 

“Powell abused the trust placed in him, and his offences are truly shocking,” said Detective Sergeant Emma Stockman. “The sentence reflects the seriousness of the actions of a dangerous and predatory offender.

“I thank the victim for having the strength and courage to come forward. Without this, his abuse may well have continued and impacted on further victims. The trauma that victims suffer can last a lifetime. I hope that the verdict brings the victim some closure, so that they can begin to rebuild their life.

“Given the predatory nature of Powell’s offending, there is a possibility that he abused other children. We urge any further victims to contact police right away – a specially trained team of detectives are ready to listen and support you.”

If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape or you have information about an offender, contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency – there are specially trained officers who will listen and investigate where needed.

Further information, including details of agencies and charities that can offer support can be found on our website.

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