“PREDATORY and dangerous” paedophile from Tonbridge has been locked up for eight years.
Clive Crittenden was found guilty of 11 child sex offences against two girls when they were 15 and 16-years old.
Clive Crittenden, 55, of Brionne Gardens, Tonbridge, jailed for eight years for child sex offences. Photo from Facebook
The 55-year-old, of Brionne Gardens – the same road as Hillview School for Girls – was also placed on the sex offenders’ list for life.
The father of one of the victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Courier the conviction marked the end of “two years of hell” for the family.
He added: “We can just go forward now. All the lying and cover- ups are over.”
At Maidstone Crown Court on Friday, Recorder Malcolm Fortune said Crittenden had a “complete lack of insight” into how his behaviour could be seen as anything other than “predatory and manipulative”.
Crittenden subjected two teenage girls to sexual abuse between 2009 and 2011, including molesting one by putting his hand down her trousers and knickers.
In one incident he sexually assaulted a victim in the back of his car when it was parked at the Tonbridge B&Q car park.
The pervert was also found guilty of texting “wholly inappropriate” messages to both girls, which he dismissed as banter.
Mr Fortune said: “The texts revealed a more sinister and sexual side to you.”
The court also heard the victim believed Crittenden needed help and his behaviour was an “addiction”.
In mitigation, barrister Jan Hayne said Crittenden did not realise what he was doing was wrong.
“He didn’t seem to think there was anything wrong with it. He knows now because he has been told, he’s been in prison.
“He desperately regrets his behaviour. He didn’t appreciate the seriousness at all of his actions at the time but he now does.”
Ms Hayne added Crittenden’s recovery from alcoholism, which was not linked to the incidents of sex abuse, demonstrated he could change his behaviour.
She said: “Despite being in that pattern of behaviour and of consumption and reliance, he has the willpower and capacity to carry on not doing it any more.”
But Mr Fortune dismissed the claim, and said Crittenden posed a “significant risk” of causing serious harm to others.
He added: “You have a clear lack of empathy as to how your behaviour may have impacted.”
Crittenden must serve at least two-thirds of his eight-year stretch before he is considered for parole.
He was put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and must have no contact with female children.
Investigating officer DC Richard Crowhurst praised the victims for their courage in bringing Crittenden to justice. He said: “Crittenden’s victims were young and vulnerable when he preyed on them but they have been brave enough to come forward and testify. In doing so, they have potentially stopped him from further offending.”
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