A VILE man has been convicted of child sex offences.

Jason Beadle, 34, of  Dover Road, Northfleet, sexually abused a child in Tilbury and was charged with four counts of sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration.

He denied the charges but following a trial at Basildon Crown Court was convicted on Monday 12 April.

He is due to be sentenced at the same court on 12 May.

Beadle was arrested in October 2018 after the offences came to light, and charged in September 2019

The case was the first where Essex Police used new regulations which allow the evidence of vulnerable victims or witnesses to be pre-recorded at an early stage, before a trial.

The new measures used in this case, known as Section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, were launched in Essex in August 2020.


Investigating officer detective constable Dominic Greenham, from the West Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Jason Beadle preyed upon the victim’s vulnerabilities for his own sexual gratification.

“No-one should face this kind of ordeal, let alone a child.

“Beadle is a dangerous man and I am glad he now faces time behind bars.

“I want to praise the courage of the victim for disclosing these offences. It takes incredible bravery and I hope this will help them move forward.”

Detective Superintendent Neil Pudney, from our Crime and Public Protection Command, said: “This case is a real landmark for Essex Police as it was the first where we used this new measure and I think it is going to provide real benefits to victims of crime.

“It improves the quality of evidence we can put forward to a trial but, more importantly, means a vulnerable victim does not have to go through the ordeal of giving evidence in a court room.

“Better quality evidence increases the chance of a conviction, and therefore justice for the victim.

“And giving evidence at an actual trial can be a stressful and intimidating prospect, especially for vulnerable victims or witnesses so having this measure in place which means their evidence can be heard without them having to stand up in court means we can better support victims.

“This was the first case where we have used this measure but it certainly is not the last.”