A MAN has been jailed for ten years for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Southampton.

Christopher Wildman pounced on the schoolgirl as she walked home along Butts Road, Sholing, on September 20 last year.

Judge Gary Burrell, sitting at Southampton Crown Court, described Wildman as posing a “serious risk to girls”.

Wildman, 32, of Botley Gardens, Sholing, who showed no emotion as he was sentenced, will also remain on licence for five years when he is released.

His pregnant girlfriend, father and brother produced letters of support from friends and family which were handed to the judge.

The victim’s family were also in court to see Wildman sent to prison.