A man from Colchester has been jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13.

Adam Hudson, who is 35 and lived in Pondfield Road, appeared on Chelmsford Crown Court earlier this week (Monday, November 11) where he received a five year jail sentence for one count of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching.

The court heart Hudson had been assaulting the child over a number of years.

Hudson has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and has made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

The sentence follows an investigation by the Child Abuse Investigation Team into offences between September 2011 and September 2018.

The crime came to light after the young victim spoke about her ordeal with an adult after a lesson at school.

That person then phoned the police.

Investigating officer DC Kimberly Farrow said: “

"Hudson subjected a young girl to horrific sexual offences over a number of years. "The girl bravely spoke to another adult in confidence after realising she had been a victim of crime and she then courageously spoke to our officers. "Hudson is a sex offender and this week he has been sent to prison for these serious offences. "He has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and will have to abide to conditions within a SHPO once he is released.”

DC Kimberley Farrow, Essex Police