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Man jailed for sex assault at Stoke Pride

A man has been jailed for three and a half years for sexually assaulting a teenage boy at this summer's Stoke Pride event.

Stoke Crown Court heard Jamie Walker, aged 28, of no fixed address, had followed a 14-year-old boy into a toilet cubicle at the event in Hanley Park on 16 June.

The boy resisted his advances and managed to escape the cubicle, running straight to neighbourhood officers at the event who subsequently arrested Walker.

Walker was found guilty of:

  • two counts of sexual activity with a child;
  •  one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity;
  • one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

In addition to the custodial sentence, Walker will also have to adhere to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years once released, and be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Detective Constable Ciaran McNulty, officer in the case for Staffordshire Police, said: "The experience for the teenage boy, who just wanted a fun day out with his friends, must have been terrifying. His bravery and determination to see this case through has been extremely admirable.

"Children should not have to live in fear of such behaviour and I hope this gives others the bravery to come forward if they have had a similar experience.

"If you are a victim of sexual assault, please contact 101 where specially trained officers can give you the appropriate support."

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