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Pensioner who confessed at church to sexually assaulting a child jailed for three years

PUBLISHED: 14:42 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:42 30 September 2016

Mark Barnard

Mark Barnard

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Mark Barnard also contacted a relative of the victim

A pensioner who admitted to sexually assaulting a child in a letter he wrote to the victim’s relative has been jailed.

Mark Barnard, formerly of Hall Drive of Sydenham, was arrested on July 22 last year after confessing one of the offences to his local church.

The 76-year-old also wrote a letter of apology to a relative of the victim, after the incidents last year.

Both incidents took place in west Kent.

Barnard pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assaults against a child at Maidstone Crown Court.

On Monday, September 26, the pensioner was sentenced to three years in prison.

Det sgt Nick Fullerton from Kent Police said: “I can’t emphasise how important it is for people to contact us if they know of, or suspect of any sexual offences.

“The child protection teams at Kent Police rigorously investigate offences against children and take their welfare extremely seriously.

“On this occasion thankfully Barnard has been punished for his deplorable actions and I would like to thank the victim and their family for having the strength and courage to support this prosecution.”

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