Ilkeston paedophile jailed for six-and-a-half years

James Kelleher will serve six-and-a-half years in prison and then a further three years on licence after.
James Kelleher will serve six-and-a-half years in prison and then a further three years on licence after.

A man who admitted inciting a young girl to engage in sexual activity has been given a lengthy custodial sentence.

James Kelleher will serve six-and-a-half years in prison and then a further three years on licence after pleading guilty to causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He must also sign the sexual offenders’ register indefinitely and is banned from any contact with girls under 14.

On August 10, Kelleher invited a six-year-old girl into his home and persuaded her to touch him.

The 56-year-old, of Peveril Drive, Ilkeston, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, December 11.

Investigating officer DC Simon Blood said: “The length of Kelleher’s sentence is the result, in part, of the statement given by the young victim and her family.

“I am pleased that a dangerous man is off the streets for such a lengthy period. The victim should be praised for her bravery in coming forward.”