Canterbury man jailed for sexual offences against teenage girl

Contributed by editor on Aug 13, 2019 - 06:15 AM


A Canterbury man has been jailed for five-years after admitting a string of sexual offences against a teenage girl.

Michael McCarthy, 46, was arrested at his home in St Thomas Hill on Tuesday 21 May 2019 after his crimes were brought to the attention of Kent Police.

Michael McCarthy

He was later charged and pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of sexual communications with a child, and two counts relating to the taking/making of indecent images of a child.

The offences were committed between May 2018 and May 2019.

Investigating officer PC Jay Wood said: ‘Michael McCarthy took advantage of a vulnerable teenage girl for his own sexual gratification and has quite rightly received a custodial sentence for his actions.

‘Kent Police is committed to protecting children from all types of abuse and I hope this result sends a clear message to offenders and victims alike that the law comes down hard on those who commit such terrible crimes.’

McCarthy was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday 12 August 2019. He will also be the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order.

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