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Brock Turner is Released after Three Months

Last week the former Stanford University swimmer and Ohio native, Brock Turner, was released from prison. 21 year old Turner was released early for good behaviour after serving half of a six-month sentence for rape and sexual assault.

Activists and survivors of rape and sexual assault congregated outside a local courthouse in San Jose last week to criticise the short sentence, which is viewed by many as an insult to victims everywhere.

Assault on college campus

In January 2015, two Swedish students spotted a man ‘thrusting’ on top of a motionless woman next to a dumpster near Stanford’s Kappa Alpha fraternity. They intervened and found the woman unconscious and partially dressed. The students held the man until police arrived and made an arrest.

Criminal charges

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against the man, who was revealed to be Brock Turner, a college athlete. Turner faced a maximum of fourteen years in prison after a jury found him guilty of ‘assault with intent to rape and sexually penetrating an intoxicated and unconscious person’.

However the judge sentencing Turner, Aaron Persky – also a former Stanford athlete, was allowed under California law to make an exception if he deemed the case ‘unusual’. The judge expressed sympathy for Turner, telling the court room at the time of sentencing that Turner was less morally culpable at the time of the attack as he was drunk. Persky also added that Turner had suffered enough in terms of the media attention the case had garnered.

Victim’s statement

Following sentencing, the victim released a 7,000 word statement in which she gave a graphic and disturbing account of the attack and the aftermath of the drawn-out trial. The victim points to the fact that Turner’s status as an athlete should not have had an impact on his sentence, she wrote:

“The fact that Brock was a star athlete at a prestigious university should not be seen as an entitlement to leniency, but as an opportunity to send a strong cultural message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class.”

After the release of the victim’s statement, Turner continued to claim that the encounter was consensual and was a result of a copious amount of alcohol. His father even went so far as to call the assault ’20 minutes of action’.
However, the victim’s account of the attack and its affects soon went viral, leading to wide spread hatred of both Turner and Persky.

Demands for recall

Many have called for the recall of Persky and an official campaign was set up by Michele Landis Dauber, a Stanford law professor and family friend of the victim. The judge recently removed himself from the criminal court following the repeated accusations that he has failed to treat violence against women seriously.

In a recent speech by Dauber, she called on the state attorney general to look into Persky’s actions regarding another case, in which he delayed the sentencing of a domestic violence offender so that he could continue to play football in Hawaii.

Persky has not responded to repeated requests for comment and recently launched a campaign to fight the recall. The judge has expressed that he is a strong advocate for “judicial independence” and that he has a “reputation for being fair to both sides”.

New state legislation

The case of Turner and the assault has inspired new state legislation in California, which states that prison is mandatory for those found guilty of sexually assaulting unconscious victims.

Co-founder of the Stanford Association of Students for Sexual Assault Prevention, Stephanie Pham, said that more survivors are coming forward and that she hopes this will help society to recognise the severity of assault.

“Rape isn’t some regrettable act. Rape is a crime. And the fact that that mentality is changing in some way right now is great, but it’s obviously not enough.”

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL). More detailed information regarding sexual abuse claims can be found here.

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Guardian

Photographer Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

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A British man has recently been jailed for more than 11 years, after he admitted drugging and raping three young men he met on social media.

Bristol Crown court heard how 43 year old Nigel Wilkinson set up a website last year, WilkoPhotography, and marketed himself as a fitness photographer. He would scout Instagram for potential victims and then invite them back to his home for a photo shoot under the guise of ‘putting together a modelling portfolio’. However, once they arrived, he would ply his victims with alcohol that was laced with various drugs, including Rohypnol, before attacking them.

Police investigation

Police began investigating Wilkinson in February of this year. Kent police were called by the girlfriend of a 19 year old man after she had received a text message from her boyfriend that claimed he had been drugged. Officers found the 19 year old at Wilkinson’s home and after a number of hospital tests, traces of a sedative were discovered in his system. The man also underwent further tests at a sexual assault referral centre, the results of which prompted officers to make an arrest.

When they arrived at Wilkinson’s home to make the arrest in April, police found a 23-year-old man asleep on the sofa. The man underwent tests at the Bridge sexual assault centre in Bristol and it was found that he had been drugged and raped.

A third victim, another 19 year old male, was discovered by police during their investigation. Like Wilkinson’s other two victims, this young man was also found to have traces of sedatives in his system. Empty drug packets and photographs of other young males on his computer (some of whom were naked) were also found during police searches of Wilkinson’s property.

None of his victims have any recollection of the acts committed on them.

Sentencing

The 43 year old received a sentence of 11 and a half years after pleading guilty to two counts of rape and three counts of administering a substance with intent to rape. Wilkinson also pleaded guilty to possession of the class C drugs Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol, and Nitrazepam.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Longman told him:

“You wanted to have sex with as many attractive men as possible. All the victims were much younger than you and entrusted themselves to you. You abused the trust they placed in you.”

Continued Investigation

The police investigation into Wilkinson’s background is ongoing. As the three known victims had no memory of the attacks, police are concerned that there may be many more victims. Officers have expressed that they want to speak with anyone who may have been in contact with him through dating or photography websites and that the number of potential victims is expected to run into double figures.

PC Mike Steven said:

“The circumstances of this case are truly horrifying. I’d encourage any other victim of Nigel WIlkinson to come forward and speak to us. We’re always here and ready to listen to, believe and respect victims.”

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL). More detailed information regarding sexual abuse claims can be found here.

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Guardian

Sexual Abuse | Man Jailed for Grooming 10 Year Old

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A 23 year old man has been handed a ten and a half year jail sentence after he was found guilty of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and possession of indecent images of children.

Groomed

Jamie Baker, of New Addington, Surrey, began messaging his victim, a ten year old girl, in May 2014. He groomed the young child over WhatsApp – a free messaging app – ordering her to pose for sexually explicit photographs and videos.

An early text message sent to the child read:

‘You’re 10? How come your boobs are so big?’

When she refused to send further messages, Baker threatened to show the girl’s mother the messages she had sent.
Another message retrieved by police read:

‘[My friend] said she would tell your mum – she’s got all the pictures and she’s going to tell your mum because you ignored her.’

Images of Other Girls

Police officers found dozens of images of 13 other children (all girls of a similar age), when they raided Baker’s home on 26 September 2014.

Police discovered a message on his phone from a man, known only as Frank, telling him to ‘delete the kid porn photos’. When questioned about this, Baker claimed that this was a ‘joke’, telling officers that the images were already on his phone when he bought it second hand.

Sentencing at the Old Bailey

Baker denied all charges, however he was sentenced to nine years for causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity. The paedophile was sentenced to a further 18-month sentence for four counts of possession of indecent images of children, to run consecutive to the nine-year sentence.

Baker was also served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, prohibiting him from contacting anybody under the age of 16 via the internet, along with an order to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

Sentencing Baker at the Old Bailey, Judge Daniel Worsley said:

‘Some may say that the keys should be thrown away.’

‘It’s quite clear that you engaged in a persistent course of conduct over the summer months of 2014 which essentially involved blackmailing that little girl and persuading her, for fear of you reporting things to her mother, to take pictures of herself taken in sexual poses.’

The judge added that this case was ‘particularly worrying’ as Baker had downloaded so many images of other girls. Judge Worsley went on to say:

‘You had spread your tentacles to include others so that images no doubt taken by people such as you who encourage girls to touch themselves were downloaded.’

‘These are young girls with their lives ahead of them: their sexual lives, their married lives – all likely to be tainted by your activities.’

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL). More detailed information regarding sexual abuse claims can be found here.

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Mail Online

Barrister Cleared of Sexual Assault

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A London barrister has recently been cleared of sexual assault, after a Judge decided he could not be sure the events unfolded in the way the alleged victim described, due to her alcohol consumption on the night in question.

Alleged Incident – Sexual Assault

Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London heard how 36 year old Alex Di Francesco met and struck up a conversation with the 24 year old woman in Daly’s Wine Bar, Central London. When the bar closed, he took her back to his chambers.

Dilichi Onuzo, prosecuting, said:

‘They chatted for an hour until closing time. He told her he was a barrister, she did not believe him so went on Google to check. They had a conversation about whether he had a wig and gown.’

Di Francesco then allegedly tried to force himself on the 24 year old woman, telling her to ‘grow up’ and demanding to know why she wouldn’t sleep with him when she tried to push him away.

Miss Onuzo added:

‘She went to his chambers at 25 Bedford Row and he took her to his office to show her his wig and gown. She tried on the wig and gown and he took her upstairs to an office, where there was a large conference table.

‘He tried to kiss her, she moved away. She felt sleepy and lay down on the floor. He laid down and pulled down her tights and panties and reached for her. She pushed him away, pulled up her tights and pants and he then grabbed her bum really, really hard.

‘Mr Di Francesco asked her “Aren’t we going to have sex?” and she found him aggressive and confrontational.

‘She started crying and said she was having an anxiety attack, which he seemed to find funny and started laughing. She threw up and he was standing behind her.’

The young woman then called an Uber taxi and left. She did not report the incident to police until the following week, the woman told the court:

‘I blamed myself for the fact I hadn’t looked after myself and I had got drunk.

‘It wasn’t until I got more comfortable and I told my mum and my housemates and they said “no, what he did is wrong and alcohol didn’t have anything to do with it”.

‘It’s taken a very long time to even consider being close to someone again.’

Arrest & Defence

Di Francesco was then arrested and questioned by police. In court, the barrister said that the woman had refused to have sex but that she invited him back to her home multiple times to ‘spoon’.

Di Francesco insisted that the young women became angry when he refused to go home with her, telling the court:

‘I said “I can’t, I live in Harpenden”. She said “you won’t go home because I won’t have sex with you” – she said it in a way that got under my skin. I said “that’s not true, but to be perfectly frank, if that’s not what we’re going to do what’s the point?” It might not have been the most sensitive thing to say.

‘I’m in chambers lying on the floor, she wasn’t aggressive – she was just accusatory, and it wasn’t nice anymore and I thought “I’ve got to leave”.’

He added that she did not pull away from his kisses, saying:

‘There was no sharp end to the kiss, there was nothing that had made me think that I had overstepped the mark or I had done something that I shouldn’t have.’

Not Guilty

Di Francesco denied sexual assault, insisting all the touching was consensual and that the woman had kissed him back. He claimed the woman had asked her to lie on the floor with him and ‘be the big spoon’.

The 36 year old was last week cleared of one count of sexual assault, after Deputy District Judge Mr Nicholas Wattan ruled that the complainant’s version of events could not be taken at face value due to the amount of alcohol she had consumed that night. The woman said she had shared champagne and wine with a friend, and consumed up to three double vodkas that night.

Judge Wattan, adding that Di Francesco’s ‘credible’ account ‘stood up well to cross examination’, told the court:

‘I’m concerned her recall of what happened is impaired by the amount of alcohol she had that evening. I can’t be sure the events unfolded in the way she described.’

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Mail Online

Two Men Charged with Revenge Porn

A 24 year old man has been charged with revenge porn after he sent a private video of his ex-girlfriend to a former partner of hers, who was also charged with the offence.

Video Clip

Aidan Farrelley sent a 30 second long clip, in which Joanna Trayte is performing a sex act, to 34 year old Christopher Green via Whatsapp. Mr Farrelly reportedly sent the clip after the emotional breakdown of his relationship with Ms Trayte.

Mr Green, a former partner of Ms Trayte and with whom she shares a child, then tried to contact Ms Trayte to warn her of the video. Ms Trayte failed to respond and, fearing that their child would be ‘ostracised’, Mr Green sent the video to a friend of the victims to show her.

However, despite alerting police that he had received the video in a bid to get it removed or deleted, Mr Green was taken to court and charged with distributing revenge porn along with Mr Farrelley.

Sentencing

Martin Lewis, prosecuting, told the court Mr Farrelley had confessed he ‘had done this out of revenge, because he thought she had been going out with Mr Green’.

Mr Farrelley, of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing private sexual pictures and/or film with intent to cause distress. He was sentenced to two months, suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work. Mr Farrelley was also ordered to pay £250 in costs.

Sentencing Mr Farrelley at Harrow Crown Court, Judge Martyn Barklem said:

“Mr Farrelley you decided to publish this video, an intimate video you had, out of spite and desire for revenge and that is something that is regarded as very serious.

“It is a relatively new offence, but with the fact is once these videos are in the public arena, it seems like a Pandora’s Box never to be closed again, and they stay online forever.

“I accept you may not have intended or wanted it to be so widely published.”

Mr Farrelley also faced one count of harassment, but this was withdrawn by the prosecution.

‘Could have warned her in another way’

Speaking for Green’s defence, Louise Thomas said:

“In relation to the offence he was made aware that Mr Farrelley had posted a video of the complainant.

“He was upset about this and was worried about the effect it would have on his son which he has with the complainant.

“He didn’t want his son to be ostracised and tried to warn the complainant about the video. He messaged her and she didn’t reply.

“He decided to send the video to a friend of hers, so she could show her the video and he called the police.

“He accepts he could have warned her in another way, and he is very remorseful.”

Mr Green also pleaded guilty to one count of distributing private sexual pictures and/or film with intent to cause distress. He was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in costs.

‘Trying to protect our son’

Sentencing Mr Green, the judge told him:

“It seems to me that having read through the documents and witness statements in this case that although what you did was foolish in sending the video, you genuinely did so out of concern for the child you share with the complainant.”

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Green said:

“I was trying to protect our son. That was the only thing I wanted to do. I was trying to help her, we have got a child together and that’s the reason why.

“I didn’t think warning her or warning her through her mate was breaking the law in any form.”

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Mail Online

Briton Sentenced to 15 years for Multiple Rapes

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A British man has been jailed for at least 11 years for the rapes of three women in Australia in the 1980s.

Cold cases

Colin Henderson raped the women in their Melbourne homes between 1981 and 1984, after answering their adverts for a housemate.

Detectives in Victoria, Australia reopened a number of cold cases after improvements in DNA technology linked Henderson to wine glasses in his victim’s homes.

On two occasions Henderson brought bottles of wine with him, under the guise of trying to ‘get to know a potential housemate’. But when one woman rebuffed his advances, he held a knife to her throat and raped her. He attacked another victim after asking to sleep in front of the fire because he was ‘too drunk to drive home’. A third victim was raped by Henderson whilst her three year old son slept in the other room.

The court heard how Henderson was married and had three young children at the time of the attacks.

Arrest & Extradition

Henderson reportedly left Australia in the mid-1990s and was living in England at the time of his arrest in 2014. The Scottish born man, now 65, was extradited from Britain last year and was due to be sentenced early in 2016 but he was too ill to attend court at the time. He later underwent emergency surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm while in custody.

Sentencing

Henderson pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated rape, one count of indecent rape, and four separate counts of aggravated rape.

Sentencing Henderson to 15 years in prison, with 11 years of non-parole, Victorian county court judge Paul Lacava said:

“Your conduct towards each of the three victims was reprehensible, predatory and planned.”

“This kind of offending was every woman’s worst nightmare.”

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: The Guardian

NSPCC: Internet used to commit 3000 child sex crimes in 2015

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According to figures released by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), the internet was used as a platform to commit around 3000 sex crimes against children in the UK in 2015/16.

“Cyber-flagging”

At the start of April 2015, the Home Office made the recording of any sexual crime against a child that involves the use of the internet a mandatory requirement within UK police forces. This process is known as ‘cyber flagging’, and is used by police to get a better understanding of the extent of online offences against children under 18.

Figures released in a report by the NSPCC revealed that over the last year, an average of 8 cyber based sex crimes were reported to police each day, with some forces recording hundreds of crimes. However, other forces received fewer than 10 reports over the year period and other forces admitted to not knowing about, or utilising, the cyber flagging method.

3000 child sex offences reported

Of the 44 police forces across England and Wales, 38 responded to the freedom of information request for figures on how many internet-based sexual crimes had been committed against children in 2015/2016.

Offences included inciting children to take part in a sex act, sexual assaults and grooming victims before meeting them. Over 100 rapes of children were also reported.

Offenders used the internet as a gateway to commit sex crimes against victims as young as one year old. In total, 535 reported cyber abuse cases were committed against thirteen year olds and 272 victims were under the age of ten.

Increased online activity

With children spending an increasing amount of time online and on social media, charities such as the NSPCC are urging police forces across the country to ensure that their officers are recording and investigating sex crimes against children effectively.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive said:

“These figures confirm our fears that the online world is playing a significant role in the sexual abuse of children in the UK.

“It’s clear that a large volume of sexual assaults and rapes of children have involved the use of the internet – for example by grooming victims before abusing them offline, or live-streaming the abuse.

“We know grooming is on the rise because children are increasingly telling our ChildLine service how they are being targeted online. Predatory adults posing as children try to meet them or blackmail them into meeting up or performing sexual acts on webcams, which obviously terrifies them and can leave some feeling suicidal.

“By revealing this first year of data we hope to highlight how police are under increasing pressure to cope with online offences so we have to ensure they have the resources and training to make them fit for tackling crime in the 21st century.

“And government must make mental health support available to every child who has endured abuse – as we are calling for through our It’s Time campaign.”

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: NSPCC; The Guardian

Child Sexual Exploitation: Police Criticised by Watchdog

A report by the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has criticised Devon and Cornwall Police for not responding quick enough to information regarding children at risk of sexual exploitation.

Children at risk of serious harm

The independent inspectors have expressed their concern that the delays in investigating cases by the force could be putting children at risk of serious harm. Highlighting a case in which a 12-year old boy who had been groomed for sexual exploitation by an adult family friend, HMIC said more needs to be done to tackle the causes of such delays.

The report said:

“There was no evidence of any consideration being given to the wider risks posed by the suspect to other children. Despite police records showing the suspect had previously held a number of roles supervising children (including as a Scout leader, which he was asked to leave because he had taken children on trips without permission), no further investigation was undertaken to assess wider risks or to identify further potential victims.”

In another case, a 14 year old boy had been reported missing around 40 times, as well attempting to commit suicide.

In this case the risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) had been considered and information had been shared with local authority. However, there were no long term measures in place to safeguard the child going forward.

Another cause for concern in the report was the case of a thirteen year old girl. The teenager complained to police of sexual assault at the hands of a woman she was in a relationship with. However it took the police force over a week to investigate and a total of two months passed before an arrest was made.

The report added:

“Despite concerns about the victim’s vulnerability to CSE being recorded on police systems several months before this …there was still no evidence of a safeguarding or protective plan being implemented for the victim despite clear signs of her obvious vulnerability.”

Post-inspection review of report

HMIC’s initial report regarding Devon and Cornwall police was published in 2015 and a post-inspection review was carried out in April of this year. The review noted that frontline staff within the force had been subject to additional vulnerability training. Furthermore, the review noted that some improvements had been made in relation to how the force recognised and responded to CSE.

Wendy Williams, of HMIC, said:

“Following our second inspection, it was clear that Devon and Cornwall police is committed to improving how it protects children. We found examples of good practice in how it recognises and responds to child sexual exploitation, and its risk assessment of vulnerable children.

“However, the force still faces challenges which it must overcome to ensure children are protected in all areas. We found delays to child protection investigations, as well as delays in responding to cases where children were at risk of sexual exploitation. These delays can result in children being at risk of significant harm, and need to be addressed promptly.”

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: The Guardian

Fugitive British Paedophile Arrested in Cambodia

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A British paedophile that has been on the run for two years was recently arrested in Cambodia.

Sexual Abuse

Damien Midgley, a horse riding instructor from Leeds, fled Britain after he was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing a number of children during his lessons.

The 39 year old was charged with 11 offences of abusing four children under the age of 13. Upon his initial arrest, Midgley denied the offences, telling police officers in the UK that he had not touched the children sexually.

After fleeing the country while on bail, Midgley reportedly travelled to Thailand and then went on to Cambodia.

2014 Trial

The horse riding instructor had already left Britain when his trial started in 2014, instead he sent his lawyers to present his defence in court. As a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf, his young victims had to endure telling the court exactly what he had done to them.

Midgley was convicted of all 11 charges brought against him. His offences included one count of inciting a child under thirteen to commit a sexual act and ten counts of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of thirteen.

Along with sentencing Midgley to six years imprisonment, the judge ordered him to sign the sex offender register for life.

British Authorities to be Alerted

Officers in Siem Reap, the Cambodian tourist town where Medgley was apprehended, announced that the paedophile had been arrested in a local bar. According to Cambodia’s Deputy Commissioner Colonel Kim San, British authorities will now be alerted of Medgley’s arrest and the deportation process will commence.

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Mail Online

Insufficient Evidence to Charge Poppi Worthington’s Father

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided that the father of thirteen month old Poppi Worthington will not face criminal charges.

Sexual Assault

Poppi was found with serious injuries in her home in December 2012 and later died in hospital in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

A judge at the time, Mr Justice Peter Jackson, ruled that the injuries were caused by sexual assault at the hands of her father, Paul Worthington. Judge Jackson went on to say:

“Shorn to its essentials, the situation is one in which a healthy child with no medical condition or illness was put to bed by her mother one evening and brought downstairs eight hours later by her father in a lifeless state and with troubling injuries.”

He added:

“Careful assessment of the meticulous pathological and paediatric evidence has clearly established that the injuries were the result of trauma from outside the body.”

Not Enough Evidence

Mr Worthington was arrested at the time of the toddler’s death and questioned on suspicion of sexual assault. However, prosecutors made the decision that there was not enough evidence to “to provide a realistic prospect of conviction”, and he was not charged with any offence.

Following this, the CPS said they would review Poppi’s case. However, the organisation announced this week that after examining the original files, they also came to the conclusion that there was not enough evidence for a conviction.

A spokesperson for the CPS said that it was not their business “to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal [courts] to consider”.

Agency & Police Failings

Following the decision from the CPS, the Chief Constable of Cumbria Police issued an apology to the toddler’s family:

“I would like to make a full and heartfelt apology to Poppi’s family and all those who loved her.

“Deficiencies in the initial police investigation contributed to the fact that, almost four years after her death, the cause still remains unascertained”.

In 2014, the police force referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Judge Jackson established that for nine months after Poppi’s death, ‘no real investigation’ was carried out by the force. The judge underlined numerous basic errors, such as police failing to gather items for forensic analysis and not securing the scene of the potential crime.

In June this year it was determined by a serious case review, that a total of six official agencies had missed significant signs that Poppi might have been at risk. The agencies at fault included child safe-guarding experts, health workers and mid-wives.

Speaking of how Poppi was let down by those who should have been looking out for her, a spokesperson for the NSPCC said:

“Nothing can change the circumstances which led to her tragic death, but justice cries out for someone to be brought to book for the terrible way she suffered.”

A second inquest into the child’s death is due to take place in the autumn of 2016.

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: The Guardian