“Bridgwater man” jailed for child sex abuse

“Bridgwater” is a general term that Avon and Somerset Police struggle with. When we learned that a “Bridgwater man” had been sentenced for historic sex we assumed that meant “Bridgwater town”. In fact it turns out that David Pearce is of Chilton Polden.

Nevertheless the 64 year old was found guilty of two counts of non-recent sexual activity with a child. The court heard how in the early 2000s, Pearce groomed his then 15-year-old victim. He sent her text messages and gifts over many weeks before sexually abusing her. The victim was threatened by Pearce and told to keep to abuse a secret. She finally contacted the police in 2019 and an investigation was launched. 

He was sentenced on Monday 10 January at Taunton Crown Court. He was given two custodial terms of five years and eight years, to be served concurrently.

Investigating officer DC Harvey Ahern said: “I hope this conviction serves to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to seeking justice for victims of rape and sexual assault, no matter how long ago the incident took place. I wish to thank the victim and witnesses who came forward to support the investigation for their bravery and for their trust in our service.”

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, whether recent or non-recent, please report it to Avon and Somerset Police on 101 where you will be supported by a team of dedicated investigators.

Alternatively, you can self-refer to The Bridge, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website at thebridgecanhelp.org.uk or call 0117 342 6999.

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