Crime in Cambridge: A vile predator who sexually assaulted a young girl was put behind bars 20 years later


A Cambridgeshire man who sexually assaulted a girl under 10 has been jailed.

Patrick Bowen, now 63, assaulted the girl, who was under 10, on a walk in Cambridge.

Bowen had ingratiated himself with the victim’s family, befriended them and brought gifts for the victim and his sister, according to Cambridgeshire Police.

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Years after the sexual assault, the victim confided in her mother and reported Bowen to police in 2020.

Bowen, of North Street, South Molton, Devon, was questioned by officers but said “no comment”.

He then pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday January 17.

He was also placed on the indefinite sex offender register and given an indefinite restraining order.

Detective Constable Susan Brown, who investigated, said: “Bowen’s sexual abuse went unnoticed for many years and I am delighted that he has finally been brought to justice.

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“His abuse had a big impact on the victim, but I hope this outcome can bring him some comfort and comfort knowing that justice has been served.

“No matter when it happened, we will always take reports of sexual offences, including child sexual abuse, very seriously.”

Anyone concerned that a person has been convicted of a sexual offense and may pose a risk to a child can seek disclosure through Sarah’s Law:

Anyone concerned about the well-being of a child can find out. This may include parents, caregivers, guardians, extended family, friends and neighbors.

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