A Birmingham man was jailed for 10 years, on Monday (21/10), for sexually assaulting a child over a period of two years.

Paul Mann, in Kingstanding, was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of four counts of sexual assault between 2016 and 2018.

The court heard how the 63-year-old had touched the child inappropriately while he was in his care for a number of years and was only caught when the child asked his family what sexual assault and rape was, after watching a story on the news.

When asked why he wanted to know such details, he went on to describe what had repeatedly happened to him at Mann’s house.

The child’s parents immediately called police after the disclosure and in August 2018, Mann was arrested. In police interview, he claimed the child was “saying it on purpose” and had fabricated the stories as he simply wasn’t “that kind of man”.

DC Stewart Garratt, from the Child Abuse Public Protection Unit, said:

“Mann repeatedly abused this young child and preyed on his vulnerability.

“Here at West Midlands Police, we have a number of trained officers who specialise in dealing with such cases and on this occasion, the child’s bravery in revealing the abuse is what has led to today’s conviction and ultimately, helped to protect other children.

“One thing is clear, we will do everything we can to take positive action and safeguard children. I hope this verdict enables the child and his family to see some justice and experience some closure following this traumatic time.”

Mann has been sentenced to 10 years, handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and put on the Sex Offenders Register for life.