A WILTSHIRE man who sexually assaulted a teenage boy who he locked in his flat and then fled to Spain has been jailed.
Paul Collins, 39, originally from Warminster, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child when he appeared at Winchester Crown Court in January 2018.
On Friday a judge jailed him for two years and imposed a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Collins had invited a 14-year-old boy in to his flat in Warminster on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, after promising him drink and drugs.
The boy was then assaulted by Collins who refused to let him leave his flat for up to three hours.
Collins was arrested the same day and released on conditional bail but fled to Spain.
He was arrested for failing to appear at a police station during his bail term and was brought back to the UK at the end of last year. Collins pleaded guilty in court on January 12.
Det Con Melanie Wilson, who was the officer in charge, said: “This is a good result for us after Paul Collins left the country hoping to avoid prosecution.
“However, despite telling us he would never be caught – we managed to and brought him back to the UK to face justice.
“I’d like to thank the victim for his bravery in coming forward and recounting what is obviously a distressing time for him.
“I hope it gives him some closure knowing that this man has been jailed.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who may have been a victim of sex abuse, whether recent or historic, to report it to police.
“We will investigate, provide you with the full support you need, and do all that we can to bring to justice offenders like Collins.
“Please contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary by calling the 24-hour helpline 0808 168 0024.