Posted on Wednesday 24 November 2021
A predator who used a popular social media app to gain access to his victim has been jailed.
David Kendrick created his own TikTok account where he quickly befriended the victim’s mother online then exploited the relationship to sexually abuse her daughter.
The 40-year-old from Rotham Road, Kent was arrested on March 8, 2021 and was later charged with five counts of sexual assault on a child and three counts of making indecent images.
He appeared at Durham Crown Court yesterday morning (November 23) where he was given a 38-month custodial sentence.
Safeguarding Detective, Kat Pudney, who led the investigation said: “Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the victim’s bravery for standing up and speaking up against her abuser. I hope she has given others who may be suffering or have suffered sexual abuse the courage to come forward.
“Kendrick is a dangerous predator who took advantage of his social media status to facilitate access to his victim who he then proceeded to groom and abuse.
“He posed a serious risk to children and therefore his conviction and custodial sentence is crucial in preventing him from offending further.
“No sentence will ever truly reflect the damage and hurt caused however I hope that the brave victim now has a degree of closure and is able to move on with her life.”
Anyone who is subject to abuse should call police on 101, or if you are in immediate danger always call 999.
If you do not wish to speak directly to police, then please contact the Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 03333 448283.
If you have concerns surrounding your partner, or partner of a close friend/family, you can obtain information about them under Clare’s Law. This scheme allows anyone who wants to find out if someone they are in a relationship with poses a risk.
To make a Clare’s law application please visit your local police station or call 101.