Finedon man jailed for violent sex assaults on young girls

Thomas McCarthy.
Thomas McCarthy.

A Finedon man has been given an extended sentence for sexually assaulting two girls.

Depraved Thomas McCarthy, 37, from Cromer Road, admitted four counts of sexual assault and one of possessing indecent images of children.

He was given an extended sentence of 11 years and eight months with six years and eight months in custody and five years on extended licence for two of the sexual assault counts.

He was also jailed for two years and eight months for each of the remaining sexual assault charges and four months for the indecent images charge.

The sentences are to be served concurrently meaning he will spend six years and eight months in jail.

DC Cathy O’Connor, from the child protection team at Northamptonshire Police, said: “We welcome the sentence handed down by the judge.

“This was an opportunist and violent sexual assault on two young girls whose mother had entrusted the defendant to look after while she went to a local shop.

“He is a danger to children and this sentence will remove that threat for some years to come.

“His two victims have been incredibly brave considering their ordeal.

“They have helped detectives throughout the investigation and are continuing to receive support.”

McCarthy was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order until further notice.

An NSPCC spokesman said: “The tremendous bravery of those involved in this horrific abuse has ensured a dangerous predator is now behind bars.

“Many children that are abused at a young age don’t realise what’s happening to them is wrong, so it is vital that youngsters are taught to recognise and report abuse.

“The NSPCC’s PANTS campaign helps parents and carers teach their children that their body belongs to them, they have the right to say no, and to tell someone they trust if they’re ever worried about anything.

“Anyone concerned about a child can call the NSPCC’s helpline on 0808 800 5000. Children can call Childline for help on 0800 1111.”