Eastwood man jailed for more than two years over sex offences involving teenage girl

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A teenage girl started drinking to blank out sexual abuse - harming her health and school work.

Jobless Adam Sham's actions also left her upset "at being hugged from behind," Nottingham Crown Court heard [FRI].

A 28-month prison term was imposed on Sham, 44, of Victoria Street, Eastwood. He was put on the Sex Offenders' Register for a decade.

On a later occasion, the girl issued him with a warning. The recorder, Paul Mann QC, said: "She turned round and threatened to kill you if you ever did it again.

"Although there are more serious offences than the ones you committed, they have affected her adversely in a number of ways.

"She can't stand being hugged from behind and finds it difficult being alone with other men and has difficulty at work.

"She is uncomfortable visiting Langley Mill or Eastwood from fear of bumping into you.

"She said she seemed like 'a lost sheep'. She tried to remove this by drinking which has affected her health and school work."

Adam Sham has been jailed for 28 months

Adam Sham has been jailed for 28 months

Sham had denied sexual assault and sexual activity with a child but was found guilty by a jury. The case had been adjourned for reports.

The incidents took place several years ago but the girl said nothing about the abuse until August of last year, the recorder said.

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Martin Elwick, defending, said that Sham is "in very poor health" and was diagnosed with pneumonia when he visited his family doctor on Thursday. He was given a course of antibiotics.

"I said 'why didn't you phone in sick' and he said that he simply can't wait any longer to learn of his fate," said Mr Elwick.

Immediately after one incident, the girl sent him "smiley faces" over the internet said Mr Elwick, who suggested that Sham could be given a suspended prison sentence.

Mr Elwick said courts had handled worst cases of this type and went on: "This is the least serious I have ever been involved in. That is not to say it is trivial, any sexual assault is serious."

He said the description given during the trial was that it was "mundane" but Mr Elwick added: "It might not have been the most attractive use of language."

Under the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, Sham must never contact the girl again.