A brave victim has been praised by police after a sick paedophile was convicted for abusing her when she was a young teenager.
The victim was only 13 when she was befriended and groomed by Frazer Smiles, and now at the age of 18 she has been brave enough to report her abuse and help convict her abuser.
Frazer Smiles, 25, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court last Friday (October 25), where he pleaded guilty to eight counts of inciting sexual activity on a child.
Detective Constable Anthony Murray has praised the victim for coming forward and hopes it may encourage others to report sexual abuse.
He said: "I want to thank the victim for her bravery during what has been and continues to be a very difficult time for her.
“The courageous actions of this woman have helped convict a sex offender and I hope her bravery encourages other victims of sexual assault to come forward knowing they will be supported fully be specialist officers.
"I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of any form of abuse to come forward and report it. It doesn't have to be police - it could be to someone you trust, a teacher, a care worker or a charity.
“With the help of other brave victims we can continue to arrest and convict sex offenders and bring them before the courts for sentencing.”
Smiles, from Berwick, was sentenced to two years suspended for two years and will be electronically monitored and on the sex offenders register for ten years.
Anyone who has been victim of rape, sexual assault or abuse is asked to contact police on 101 or report via the reporting incident form on the Northumbria Police website.
To contact the 24/7 Crisis Helpline contact 03333448283 or find out more about our Sexual Assault Referral Centre by searching ‘REACH SARC’ online.
Victims can also contact Victims First Northumbria who will give independent advice and support.