A MAN from Sonning has been jailed for three years for committing sexual offences against five underage girls
A MAN from Sonning has been jailed for three years for committing sexual offences against five underage girls.
Nicholas Faithfull, 20, of Glebe Gardens, was found guilty by a jury at Reading Crown Court of seven counts of having sex with a girl aged between 13 and 15 and another of engaging in sexual activity with a girl in the same age range.
He had already pleaded guilty to a ninth count of causing or inciting sexual activity with a child.
The offences took place in Wokingham between January and June 2014 and Faithfull groomed his victims via Facebook and BlackBerry Messenger.
Adrian Foster, chief prosecutor for the Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Nicholas Faithful preyed on the young girls via social media, befriended them, flattered them, engaged them in sexual chat and then sexually abused them for his own gratification.
"Despite the sexual activity being consensual, the girls were under the legal age of consent and he was fully aware of that. It is only due to the great courage of the victims that the disgraceful behaviour of this man has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and tenacity in coming forward.
“The convictions and sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or who know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward.
“The emotional impact of this man's actions on the victims and their families is impossible to quantify. I hope the convictions and sentence give some small comfort to them.”