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Notts man sentenced for child sexual offences dating back to 1990s


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A Nottinghamshire man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to non-recent child sexual offences.

Richard Spencer, 66, admitted four charges on indecent assault on a girl aged under 14.

The offences were committed against two girls in the Newark and Sherwood district in the 1990s.

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Spencer, of Balderton, was handed a 20-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and made subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order. He must also sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

Spencer appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday (17 September 2020).

Detective Constable Jacqueline Sharpe, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I’d like to commend the two victims for the strength and bravery they showed in coming forward a number of years after their ordeals and for trusting the police service with their complaints.

“Spencer’s sentencing will never make up for what happened but his behaviour will now be closely monitored through the sexual harm prevention order in order to protect the public and prevent further offences.

“Nottinghamshire Police encourages any survivors of abuse to come forward and report it. We will investigate and seek justice for them – even if the abuse happened a long time ago.

“The force takes reports of such matters very seriously and will investigate them, working with the Crown Prosecution Service, to put a robust case to the courts. Reporting of such matters should not be deterred by time delays or the community standing of those responsible.”

There are a number of different agencies who are able to offer independent help and support to survivors of sexual abuse in Nottinghamshire.

More information on these services and details on who to contact if you have been a victim of a sexual offence can be found by visiting https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/


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