A SEXUAL PREDATOR from Edmonton who preyed on a vulnerable boy has been jailed.
Daniel McKenzie, 25, of Victoria Road, Edmonton, was sentenced to four years and ten months yesterday (Monday) and given a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order at Wood Green Crown Court.
He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 at an earlier hearing at the same court on May 5.
The offence occurred two years ago in 2015 on August 19 when the victim was 13-years-old and had run away from home.
The victim was travelling on the bus when he fell asleep and was woken by McKenzie in the Waltham Cross area.
McKenzie offered the victim a place to stay and the pair travelled to his home where the victim was given cannabis before he was sexually abused.
After leaving McKenzie’s home the victim got lost and went to Edmonton Police Station. He was reported missing and escorted home by officers.
After returning home and sharing his ordeal the incident was reported to the police where an investigation was launched and the victim was supported by specially trained officers.
McKenzie was arrested by police on October 29 for possession of cannabis and theft of a motor vehicle and was taken into custody.
Before he was bailed McKenzie’s DNA was taken and following analysis of his sample, it was established that his profile matched a forensic examination taken from the original offence.
McKenzie was arrested and subsequently charged on November 20.
Detective Constable James Taylor from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse (SOECA) Command who led the investigation said:
"I truly hope McKenzie’s imprisonment will help the victim and his family towards closure and also send a message out to offenders that we will do our utmost to find you, arrest you and convict you.
"I would also like to thank the support services and partner agencies for working together during this difficult case."
Detective Sergeant Edward Coleman of SOECA who supervised the investigation said:
"As is often the case, not all victims recognize that they are being preyed upon.
“This young person was preyed upon by Daniel McKenzie at a time when he was most vulnerable and has been extremely brave in coming forward to give evidence.
"Such abuse and exploitation of children will not be tolerated by the Metropolitan Police Service and we are determined to bring all such perpetrators to justice.
“If you believe a child you know may be being exploited in this way, please call police."