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74-year-old jailed for 20 years for sexual offences

James Rice pleaded not guilty to the offences but was found guilty after a trial

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A 74-year old man has been jailed for a total of 20 years at Nottingham Crown Court today (Monday 8 July 2019).

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James Rice pleaded not guilty to the offences but was found guilty after a trial.

The offences took place during the 1970s and 1980s, and were reported in 2017.

Rice was found guilty of three counts of rape and three counts of indecent assault. The jury could not reach a majority verdict on a further ten related charges.

As well as his prison sentence, Rice was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Detective Constable Claire Sadler, who led the investigation, said: ‘This was a shocking case and I commend the victim for the courage they have shown to bring the offender to justice.

‘Nottinghamshire Police treats sexual offences extremely seriously and we would urge anyone affected by these crimes to report them on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We always treat victims with compassion and understanding.’

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