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Ipswich man Christopher Banham, 35, jailed for more than 20 years for child sex offences

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A 35-year-old man from Ipswich has been jailed for more than 20 years for a number of child sex offences including rape.

Christopher Banham appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today, where he was sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

At a previous court hearing in October of last year, Banham had pleaded guilty to nine offences.

Christopher Banham. Picture: Suffolk Police
Christopher Banham. Picture: Suffolk Police

He admitted three counts of raping a child; four counts of sexual assault of a child by penetration; one count of taking indecent photographs of child; and one count of distributing indecent offences photographs of a child.

Banham had used the online messaging app Kik Messenger to distribute the indecent images and also alluded to the crimes he had committed within a chat group accessed via the app.

The National Crime Agency alerted Suffolk Police to these messages and Banham was arrested within a matter of hours.

The investigation that followed then uncovered the extent of the crimes he had committed.

PC Chloe Bilner, of the South Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said: "The sentence handed down today reflects the severity of the truly shocking and despicable crimes committed by Christopher Banham.

"The impact of offences such as these on the victims is immeasurable and cause untold trauma and suffering. We are continually grateful for the bravery shown by survivors of sexual abuse in speaking to us and helping us to ensure justice is done.

"I hope the outcome of this case reassures members of the public that we take these allegations extremely seriously and work to safeguard victims as quickly as possible. We will do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice.”

Police are urging anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, whether recently or in the past, to report it to the police or another support organisation.

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