BREAKING: Mobile phone lost down toilet led to pair being jailed for sickening videos and sex assault on child
Unemployed pair Sarah Summerfield, 30, of Langdale Drive, Hayes, and her partner, Adrian Eldridge, 38, of Hawthorne Crescent, West Drayton, were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Thursday, June 5.
Summerfield admitted three counts of assault of a child under 13 by penetration and two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 after pleading guilty on Monday January 27. She was sentenced to six and a half years’ jail for each offence, to run concurrently.
Eldridge was convicted at the same court after denying six counts of commissioning a sexual offence.
He was sentenced to 10 years’ jail on each count, to run concurrently.
Eldridge was additionally declared a Dangerous Offender, and will have his licence extended for a further two years.
He too was made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, Eldridge for life, Summerfield until further notice, and both and will remain Registered Sex Offenders for life.
The pair were arrested after Summerfield dropped her mobile phone by accident into a toilet while visiting a friend in July last year.
The friend offered to get the phone fixed and Summerfield accepted.
When the device had dried out the friend managed to switch it on and discovered the images and movies of Summerfield sexually abusing a child.
The friend then contacted police. Officers from The Metropolitan Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Team arrested Summerfield and following analysis of her phone arrested Eldridge.
Summerfield and Eldridge had exchanged 3,000 text messages. In these Eldridge encouraged Summerfield to commit sexual assaults against the girl.
Detective Sergeant Tony Smith of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “I hope that the sentences handed down today will reassure the public that the Met takes the investigation of child abuse and sexual offences very seriously and I would encourage anyone who suffered sexual abuse as a child or adult, regardless of how long ago that was, to come forward and speak to us.”
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