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Harrogate man jailed for just six years after sex assault on two-year-old boy

Harrogate man Wenxiong Jiang has been jailed for six years and 11 months for sexual assault on a two-year-old boy among other offences.

A Harrogate man has been jailed for six years and 11 months for sexual assault on a two-year-old boy. 26-year-old Wenxiong Jiang was convicted of the following offences committed between February 2017 and December 2020: sexual assault on a two-year-old boy three counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity engaging in sexual communication with a child taking an indecent image of a child five counts of making an indecent image of a child possessing an extreme pornographic image involving an animal possessing a prohibited image of a child He was sentenced at York Crown Court on Friday (3rd December). He was also made subject to a 20-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will remain on the Register of Sex Offenders indefinitely. Detective Constable Rebecca Townsend, of Harrogate CID, led the intensive investigation into Jiang’s offending following his arrest on 15 December 2020. The inquiry uncovered that he had added a 12-year-old girl on Snapchat and engaged her in conversations while he was posing as a 15-year-old boy. Jiang pressured and then eventually threatened the girl to send him naked pictures of herself engaging in penetrative sexual activity. When he was arrested, officers recovered 250,000 images from his devices including a video of himself sexually assaulting a two-year-old boy. The Digital Forensic Unit examined all the material to help identify offences and possible victims. DC Townsend said:

“Wenxiong Jiang is clearly a very disturbed and perverted individual who poses a danger to children. “He has rightfully been brought to justice and is now facing the full consequences of his depravity with a significant prison sentence. “As a registered sex offender, he is subject to robust public protection measures for the rest of his life. He will also have to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order lasting 20 years which is designed to severely limit his ability to reoffend in the future.”
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