Leeds man who raped five-year-old boy was on already a sexual harm prevention order and had only just been released from prison

The heartbroken mother of the young boy branded Gareth Briggs ‘a monster.’

Gareth Briggs was sentenced to 17 years in prison at Leeds Crown Court in August after a judge he represented a serious danger to children.

The court heard how Briggs, 31, carried out a sex attack on the five year old boy after he went into public toilets alone.

Briggs was already a sexual offender and was on a sexual harm prevention order which considers individuals to pose a risk of sexual harm to either the general public or a certain group of people or individual person(s).

Briggs received the order after molesting a boy at a cinema in 2004.

In 2015 he was jailed for inciting a ten-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

Briggs was returned to prison in 2019 for breaching a sexual harm prevention order and was made to stay on it after he was rereleased.

Briggs pleaded guilty to rape of the boy despite denying the charges at first.

The sentencing Judge, His Honor Judge Batiste told Briggs “you present an extremely high risk of causing serious harm”

Briggs was given an extended prison sentence totalling 17 years and nine months.

He must serve a custodial term of nine years and nine months followed by a licence period of eight years.

The boy’s mother broke down in court saying: “It breaks my heart imagining how scared my little boy must have been.

“Why could something so horrible happen to my family.

“Tears seem to constantly fill my eyes.”

“I often feel helpless and just wish I could take it away.

“I am scared about what the future holds for him.

“I pray every single day (he) will be ok.”

The mother also described how her son needed professional emotional support but it had been put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“No child or parent should ever have to experience sexual abuse.”


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