Jersey

Ian Stafford Bartlett given life sentence for child abuse

Ian Stafford Bartlett Image copyright States of Jersey Police
Image caption Police said Ian Stafford Bartlett was controlling and manipulative

A "dangerous sexual predator" has been sentenced to life in prison for child abuse crimes including rape and indecent assault.

Ian Stafford Bartlett, 55, of Jersey, will serve at least 10 years in prison.

He admitted making indecent photographs of children, rape, procuring an act of gross indecency, and indecent assault.

The judge, Bailiff William Bailhache, said it was the first time someone had been sentenced to life in Jersey for a crime that was not murder.

The Royal Court heard Bartlett carried out sustained and serious sexual abuse of a young girl from 2009 until 2013.

He made more than 3,000 indecent images of children, some of which were of him abusing a child, the court was told.

The prosecution called for a life sentence because of the severity of the attacks and Bartlett's lack of remorse.

Det Insp Hafey said: "Every part of the police investigation revealed a high level of controlling and manipulative behaviour by Bartlett who is a dangerous sexual predator.

"He was clearly only interested in satisfying his own sexual gratification and gave no thought or consideration to the abuse that he was subjecting his young victim to.

"Bartlett has never shown any degree of remorse for his behaviour."

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