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Nottingham man jailed after admitting nine historical offences of sexual abuse against a boy

Phillips pleaded guilty to nine offences in Nottinghamshire between 1987 and 1991 after grooming the boy by giving him cigarettes, money and driving lessons.

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A 56-year-old man has been jailed for two years and nine months after admitting historical sexual abuse of a boy.

Martin Phillips, of Farm Road, Chilwell, pleaded guilty to nine offences in Nottinghamshire between 1987 and 1991 after grooming the boy by giving him cigarettes, money and driving lessons.

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The offences were reported to police in November 2016 after the victim confronted Phillips about the abuse, and a full investigation was launched.

The charges included six offences of indecent assault of a boy under 16, one indecent assault of a boy under 14, one sexual assault of a boy under 16 and one offence of gross indecency with a boy under 16.

Phillips denied any knowledge of the victim and any of the allegations when he was interviewed by police.

However, he eventually admitted the charges at Nottingham Crown Court and was sentenced on Friday (19 July).

Judge Steven Coupland said that regardless of the fact the offences happened a long time ago, and represntations from the defence that Phillips is currently a full time carer, a custodial sentence must be given for such serious offences.

Detective Constable Louisa Harrison and Detective Constable Louise Gowan led the investigation. DC Harrison said: “Phillips took advantage of the victim and subjected him to abuse after befriending him and grooming him over a period of time.

“I’d like to thank the victim for his bravery in coming forward and hope the sentence gives him some comfort.

“Nottinghamshire Police takes sexual abuse extremely seriously and would encourage anyone affected, even if it was a long time ago, to report it and we will investigate comprehensively and compassionately.”

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