Gran hits out at teenage paedophile who left nine-year-old ‘petrified’
PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 June 2014
A DISTRAUGHT grandmother has spoken of her ‘hurt and anger’ after a nine-year-old was ‘denied her childhood’ by a convicted paedophile.
A 19-year-old Weston man has been jailed for a series of sexual offences involving children, including one as young as three.
Jamie Fowler has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after his latest attack on a nine-year-old girl, which has left the victim too scared to leave her home.
The young girl was cycling on a path at the back of her grandmother’s house on New Year’s Eve when she was approached by Fowler.
He touched her and as the girl cycled off he exposed himself and began touching himself sexually.
The victim’s grandmother, who cannot be named to protect the young girl’s identity, has spoken out against the length of the sentence handed down at Bristol Crown Court on May 29, saying her granddaughter ‘no longer feels safe’.
She exclusively told the Mercury: “My granddaughter is petrified, we have had to move house. She is scared when she goes out to play he is going to be there.
“We need the opportunity to say ‘this is what you have done to her’.
“It is going to affect my granddaughter in later life, I have had to reassure her that not all men are like that and they are not all bad.
“She doesn’t want to go out and doesn’t want to sleep alone – she doesn’t feel safe.
“I am angry and I am hurt that I feel like it is my fault I can’t protect her even when she is right outside the back of my own property.
“It is denying her of her childhood. It is soul-destroying.”
Fowler was already on the sex offenders register for previous offences and had to complete a course in December as part of his probation.
But within weeks of the course ending he carried out his assault.
The victim’s grandmother said: “He is predatory and he is a danger to all other children and to himself.
“It is totally, totally wrong. He has had suspended sentences and now he gets just 18 months – where is the logic?
“He has had help and it has done nothing. He needs a longer time inside to remove the temptation.”
Six months of Fowler’s current sentence relate to an offence last year when he exposed himself to schoolgirls and filmed a three-year-old in changing rooms at a Weston leisure centre.
He also told a 14-year-old he was ‘going to rape her’.
He pleaded guilty to exposure, voyeurism and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child in July, but narrowly avoided a jail term at the time.