A child sex offender who preyed on a five-year-old girl in Worcester has been sentenced to 13 years.

Benjamin Holmes, 31, of Ravensholme, Wolverhampton, was found guilty at Worcester Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 6 June) of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison and handed a sexual harm prevention order and restraining order to protect his victim.

Holmes’ phone was seized following his arrest upon which first-generation images were recovered depicting his abuse.

Detective Constable Louise Sutton of Worcester CID said: “We are pleased to get this lengthy sentence on behalf of the young victim who showed enormous courage to speak to us about this devious predator.

“We take sexual offences of all kinds extremely seriously and it takes a lot of bravery for those affected by these appalling crimes to report such matters.

‚ÄúWe would always encourage people who are victims of these offences to approach police. We will always listen and offer all the support you need to get justice for you and to help you to rebuild your lives.‚ÄĚ