Gedling child sex offender locked up for over seven years

Nottingham Crown Court © westbridgfordwire.com
Nottingham Crown Court © westbridgfordwire.com

A 53-year-old man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

Russell Ridgewell, of Fox Hill Road East in Carlton, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today having previously pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual touching and one count of sexual assault by penetration.

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Police were made aware of the offence last year where he pulled the girl into a room and kissed her before sexually assaulting her despite her saying no.

He was swiftly arrested and charged to face the court process.

As well as the prison sentence, he was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

Detective Constable Naomi Spencer said: “Ridgewell is a dangerous child sex offender who took advantage of this young girl and sexually assaulted her against her will, showing no remorse throughout. I’m pleased that the judge has issued this strong sentence and I hope that the girl and her family can now move on from what happened. No child should be treated in this way and we will not tolerate this behaviour in Nottinghamshire.”

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