A 41-year-old man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a girl during an opportunistic attack in Harlow last year has been sentenced to a lengthy jail term.
At the conclusion of a six-day trial on Monday, July 30, Darren Sellen, of Church Leys, Harlow, was found guilty of kidnap, kidnap with intent to commit a sexual assault and sexual assault on a child under 13.
On Friday, August 31, he appeared again at Chelmsford Crown Court, and was sentenced to six years imprisonment and another four years on licence.
At around 3.30pm on Thursday, November 2, 2017, a girl was walking from Bush Fair and crossed Tillwicks Road, when Sellen came from behind her and put his hands over her mouth and eyes.
He then dragged her towards some garages before sexually assaulting her.
Two people who had witnessed Sellen grab the victim, who was aged under 13, quickly came to her aid before calling police.
In court, it was noted that Sellen was seen on CCTV following the victim and making sure she was alone before attacking her.
Officers who reviewed CCTV following the incident, saw that Sellen was wearing the same clothing described by the victim.
He was also caught on camera fleeing the crime scene.
Sellen was arrested the next day on Friday, November 3.