A Horringer man who sexually assaulted a young girl has been jailed for six years.
Aaron Clayton, 32, of College Close, had pleaded not guilty to two offences of sexual activity with a child, but last month it took a jury at Ipswich Crown Court just over an hour to convict him of both.
Today (May 20) Clayton returned to court to be sentenced by Judge Rupert Overbury who ordered him to sign on the sexual offences register indefinitely.
Judge Overbury told Clayton that his offences represented a serious breach of trust and could only be punished with a substantial prison term.
During the trial the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court that on a number of occasions Clayton had indecently touched her.
In a recorded interview played to the jury, the girl said: “I said stop but he didn’t stop.”
The offences, alleged to have been committed between 2012 and 2013, came to light when the girl was overheard in conversation by her mother.
The offences were said to have taken place at an address in Bury St Edmunds.
The court heard that following his arrest Clayton was told by police that swabs for forensic analysis would be taken from his hands. He was then seen to use alcohol based gel to clean his hands.
Giving evidence, Clayton denied doing anything indecent to the girl and said he believed that she had misunderstood him.
Any physical contact with the girl, who he admitted he had known, had been entirely innocent, said Clayton.