Ipswich – Man jailed for over 20 years for child sex offenses
A 35-year-old man from Ipswich has been jailed for more than 20 years for a number of child sex offenses, including rape.
Christopher Banham appeared in Ipswich Crown Court today, Monday January 18, where he was sentenced to 21 years in prison. He was ordered to sign the Lifetime Sex Offender Registry.
He had pleaded guilty to nine offenses at a previous hearing in October last year, as follows:
– Three counts of child rape
– Four counts of sexual assault on a child by penetration
– One count of taking indecent photos of a child
– One count of distributing photographs of indecent violation of a child
Banham had used the Kik Messenger online messaging app to spread the indecent images and also hinted at the crimes he had committed in a adult chat group accessible through the app.
Suffolk Police were made aware of the messages by the National Crime Agency and took immediate action, arresting Banham within hours. The investigation that followed then revealed the extent of the crimes he had committed.
PC Chloe Bilner, Southern Safeguard Investigation Unit, said: “Today’s sentence reflects the gravity of the truly shocking and despicable crimes committed by Christopher Banham.
“The impact of such crimes on the victims is immeasurable and causes untold trauma and suffering. We are continually grateful for the courage shown by survivors of sexual abuse in speaking to us and helping us ensure that justice is served.
“I hope the outcome of this case will reassure members of the public that we take these allegations very seriously and are working to protect the victims as quickly as possible. We will do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice. “
Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, whether recently or in the past, is urged to report it to the police or other support organization. You can find more information on our website here