Banbury man sentenced for sexual offences

A Banbury man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 3:40 pm

Julian Harriss, aged 51 of Britannia Road, Banbury, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on Monday April 19. He was sentenced on the same day to 21 months’ imprisonment, and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years after his release.

The offences happened over a period of time between 2010 and 2020, the victim was a girl under 16 when the offences took place.

Harriss intentionally engaged in sexual activity in front of the girl.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Kelly Gilbert, said: “I would like to thank the victim for coming forward and reporting this to us. This has been a lengthy investigation for the victim.

“We would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to please report no matter the length of time that has passed.

“It will be investigated and we will always look to work with the CPS to bring offenders such as Harriss to justice.”

Anyone who wishes to report a sexual offence should call 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.

Julian Harriss, of Banbury, sentenced for sexual offences (Image from Thames Valley Police)