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Felixstowe man jailed for 'disturbing catalogue of sexual abuse' on young girls

Karl Garnham. Credit: Suffolk Police

A man from Felixstowe who carried out a 'disturbing catalogue of sexual abuse' on young girls has been jailed for 15 years.

27-year-old Karl Garnham was found guilty of nine offences in total - with four of those relating to sexual assaults of girls under 13 years old, three of rape and two of sexual activity with a child.

Garnham pleaded not guilty, which meant his young victims had to give evidence in court.

The offences dated back from 2003 to 2016 and happened in the Felixstowe area.

Garnham was just 13 himself when the first incident took place.

Police were first made aware of his abuse in January 2016 when they were told that a young girl had been sexually assaulted by Garnham. Three other victims then came forward during the subsequent investigation.

"Whilst these offences began when Garnham was himself underage, he continued a disturbing catalogue of sexual abuse into adulthood which has had a significant effect on his victims," Detective Constable Hayley Kennedy said.

"The victims, some of whom remain children, have been remarkably brave throughout this police investigation. I cannot take away what has happened to them but I hope that today’s result offers them some comfort in the knowledge that this man is now behind bars for his crimes against them.

"I hope, too, that it encourages other victims of sexual abuse to come forward and reassure them that we will always investigate any allegations of sexual abuse thoroughly and as a consequence bring offenders to justice.”