Prison sentence in UK for former Costa Blanca resident on child sex abuse charges

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TRUST: David Budd used his job selling ice cream to groom his victims. Photo credit: Metropolitan Police

A BRITISH national that once lived on the Orihuela Costa has been sentenced to eight years and 10 months imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London.

David Budd, 72,  pleaded guilty in July after being charged with seven counts of indecent assault and four counts of indecency with four female victims, all of whom were children when the offences were committed.

In July 2017, one of the victims came forward to police and disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted by Budd in Newham, East London when she was around nine years old.

Further inquiries by officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command (CASO) identified a further three victims, all of whom were also aged around nine years old when they were sexually assaulted by Budd.

In recent years, Budd had been living in Spain. On December 21 last year, he returned to the UK and was arrested at Southend Airport.

Detective Constable Colleen Ryan, from CASO, said: “Budd was an ice cream seller in Newham; a position he used to gain access to and groom his victims.

“He preyed on young children by using his position as an ice cream seller to groom them. He succeeded in gaining their trust and then subjected them to abuse that no child should ever have to endure. The negative impact this has had on his victims’ adult lives should not be underestimated. I would like to commend them for their bravery in coming forward and finding the courage to speak to police.”

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