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Serial sex attacker jailed for a string of assaults in Canterbury

Emily Sweetland jailed Photo: Kent Police

Emily Sweetland has been jailed for grabbing or touching girls and women on the streets of Canterbury.

The 21-year-old from Ramsgate was sentenced to three years at Canterbury Crown Court, after admitting ten counts of sexual assault and one count of sexually assaulting a child under the age of thirteen.

The court heard the first offence occurred on 3rd April, 2019 when Sweetland inappropriately touched two girls on a train.

She then went on to commit a series of sexual assaults on young girls throughout the day on 5th April in Canterbury City Centre.

A witness to one of the incidents flagged down a passing police car and Sweetland was immediately arrested.

While at the police station Sweetland made inappropriate comments to an officer.

She was released on bail while officers carried out enquiries into the incidents.

On 6th April, Sweetland again committed further sexual assaults, including touching people inappropriately.

She was again arrested and she sexual assaulted the arresting officers.

Sweetland pleaded guilty to all counts on 7th April and has been in custody ever since.

We immediately made an arrest when we became aware of Sweetlands offending, and in order for us to carry out further enquiries into the incidents and in accordance with Home Office guidelines, she was released on bail. But, Sweetland went onto to commit further crimes. I am pleased that she has been given a custodial sentence and no longer able to cause distress to the people of Canterbury.

– Detective Constable Daniel Hodgson