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Man jailed for 10 years after he sexually groomed girl at church

News   •   Sep 28, 2017 16:14 BST

Image: Carl Johnson

A man has been jailed for ten years for sexually abusing a young girl in the 1990's.

Carl Johnson, 53(13.05.64) of Bowden Drive, London, SE21 was found guilty at Kingston Crown Court on 25 August of eight counts of indecent assault after a five-day-trial.

He was sentenced today, 28 September, at the same court to ten years in prison.

All offences were committed against the victim between 1991 and 1995 when the female victim was between the ages of 13 and 15.

Johnson used his position as a member of the church community at a Battersea Church to groom the young victim.

This grooming eventually progressed to multiple sexual offences over a substantial period.

In 2014 the victim came forward and told police about the abuse and an immediate investigation began.

DS Amanda Kearsley of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: "Johnson is a predatory offender who deliberately targeted a vulnerable child. Johnson was part of the same church community as the victim and he should have been there to provide support; instead he groomed her before committing offences over a prolonged period.

This has been a long and emotional process for the complainant. I would like to praise her courage and commitment to making sure Johnson was convicted. She has ensured he in not longer a risk to other young people."