Man jailed for sexually assaulting young girl after friends urged her to speak up
A Lincolnshire man who admitted sexually assaulting a young girl has been jailed for nine years.
Kelvin Prior, 23, will also have to register as a sex offender for life after a judge described the impact of his abuse as "devastating."
Lincoln Crown Court heard Prior was arrested at his home in Wainfleet after his victim confided in a teacher.
The girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, had been urged to report the abuse by her friends, the court was told.
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Stephen Lowne, prosecuting, said the girl spoke to a teacher and told them Prior "had been touching me in places that he shouldn't."
The girl was subsequently interviewed on video by specially trained police officers after making the allegations in October, 2011.
Mr Lowne told the court Prior initially denied the allegations after he was arrested at his home in St John Street, Wainfleet.
Prior, now of Rugby Terrace, Halifax, later pleaded guilty to ten sexual charges relating to the girl including assault by penetration.
Robert Underwood, mitigating, told the court Prior had now faced up to what he had done.
Mr Underwood said: "His remorse is genuine. It is demonstrated by his guilty pleas and by the fact he has been frank with a probation officer."
Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told Prior the impact of his abuse on his victim was "quite clear."
Judge Heath added: "It is heart rending to see the devastation you have caused."
Prior was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which will last indefinitely.