A vile and dangerous paedophile who abused four young girls has been put behind bars.
Jessica Brennan, who was Allan Brennan at the time of offending, preyed on the young victims between 1998 and 2016 when they were school-aged children.
The victims bravely came forward to speak to the police and support the investigation that was driven by North Yorkshire Police’s CID.
Brennan, 54, was questioned by detectives but denied any knowledge of the offences, putting the victims through the ordeal of a trial.
Thankfully, the jury saw through her lies and found her guilty of a number of sexual assaults.
This week (17 May), Brennan was handed a 22 year custodial sentence at York Crown Court after being convicted of attempted rape of a child under 13; assault of a girl under 13 by penetration; five counts of sexual activity with a child; assault by penetration; two counts of sexual assault; sexual activity with a child; and five counts of indecent assault.
Brennan of Bowland Close, Harrogate was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life and handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Protection Order, which will place strict restrictions on her when she is released from prison.
The judge also imposed a four-year extended period on prison licence upon Brennan’s eventual release from jail.
Detective Constable Rebecca Prentice of North Yorkshire Police’s Harrogate & Craven CID said:
“The victims in this case, and their families, have had their lives shattered by this vile and dangerous paedophile.
“But they have shown incredible bravery coming forward, some after 20 years, and their courage has ensured that Brennan has been put behind bars where she belongs for a very long time.
“I hope that they can now begin to rebuild their lives with the knowledge that justice has been done.
“It’s never too late to report sexual abuse and if you have been a victim there are various ways you can report to police.
“You can call non-emergency number 101, go to a police station or speak a support agency or charity listed on our website if you do not wish to speak to us. Always call 999 in an emergency.”
If you have been a victim of child sexual abuse
If you have been a victim of child sexual abuse, you may not yet have reported what happened to you. There may be a number of reasons for this, and to take this step may be painful for you and require courage. You may, or may not, be ready to take this step now.
There are a number of routes you can take to report child sexual abuse to police, you can:
• Go to a police station,
• Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Whichever route you choose to report through, you will be listened to and believed. Any report made through any of the channels will be investigated based on what you have spoken about.
It will also be shared with Operation Hydrant, the national policing team set up to coordinate the investigation of non-recent child sexual abuse.
For more information about why you should report it and what will happen when you make a report visit our Reporting child sexual abuse to the police page.
Seeking further support, advice and ways of reporting child abuse:
- NSPCC Helplines | anyone concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000. Adult victims of non-recent sexual abuse can also get in touch for support. NSPCC.org.uk
- Childline | is available for young people on 0800 1111 or at childline.org.uk
- North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership | safeguardingchildren.co.uk
- City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership (CYSCP) | saferchildrenyork.org.uk
- Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) | Victims who would prefer not to go direct to the police and are not in immediate danger, can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), on 0330 223 0362, email email@example.com or go to bridgehousesarc.org/
- Supporting Victims | You can also contact the Supporting Victims Unit direct at supportingvictims.org or call 01609 643100.