Ex-parish councillor pervert Edward Bassett jailed after grooming girl for sex
by Julia Roberts
A former parish councillor who had sexual intercourse with
a teenage girl several times after grooming her has been jailed for
A judge told Edward Bassett his "glib attitude"
demonstrated "distorted thinking" which would need sustained and
Bassett (pictured left) bought the victim pornography, a
vibrator and underwear from Ann Summers sex shops and abused her
when she turned 16.
The 53-year-old, of Bottom Pond Road, Wormshill, near
Sittingbourne, admitted six offences of sexual activity with a
Bassett was arrested in Sutton Valence, Maidstone, less than a
month after he was elected to the parish council. He resigned
before the meeting on March 8.
Iestyn Morgan, prosecuting at Maidstone Crown Court, said
Bassett's contact with the girl became inappropriate after he had a
motorcycle accident in 2003.
He would send her sexual text messages "in the guise of another
"When she was 16, he bought her underwear from Ann Summers and
took photographs of her in it," said Mr Morgan.
He was caught performing a sex act on himself while looking at
Bassett accepted having intercourse with the girl on many
occasions – "at least six separate occasions", said Mr Morgan. He
also accepted performing another sex act on her.
The girl said in a victim statement that Bassett made her feel
she had no self-worth and told of having ongoing
Edward Bassett was jailed
at Maidstone Crown Court
Jailing Bassett, Judge Griffith-Jones said his behaviour was
"clearly calculated" to distort his victim's thinking.
His name will appear on the sex offenders' register and he will
be barred from working with children.
Bernard Eaton, defending, said Bassett's behaviour and temper
changed following a motorcycle accident.
But he added his conduct fell "wide of predatory
"He says right at the outset: 'I know it is wrong. It didn't
feel wrong at the time.'"
Mr Eaton described Bassett as "a man of with a keen sense of
moral and social purpose, someone with a keen sense of knowing his
place in the world and where the boundaries are of right and
But he added it was a fall from responsible moral and legal
behaviour for a man who had made a contribution to the community
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