A ‘DANGEROUS sex offender’ has been jailed for 16 years after he pleaded guilty to abusing two children over a four year period.
Jason Cresswell, of Turners Close in Blackpole, had previously admitted multiple offences – some of which dated back to the 1990s – at Worcester Crown Court on August 16 and was sentenced today (Thursday) at the same court.
The 43-year-old sexually abused the boys, who were both under the age of 16 at the time, within the Worcester area from 1998 to 2002.
The crimes only came to light in February last year when the victims, now both adults, reported them to the police.
Det Insp Andrew Price said: “We began a lengthy investigation which took a huge amount of time and effort to get to the point where Cresswell has finally been brought to justice.
“I hope this will encourage other victims to speak out in order to gain the justice they deserve and ensure that dangerous sex offenders are prevented from offending again.
“We want victims to know that they can contact police in complete confidence, we will treat their reports seriously, whenever they happened, prosecute where possible and at the very least refer them to support services.
“I would like to reassure anyone who has been or is a victim of child abuse, that they can contact the police and that they will be treated in a caring a sensitive manner.
“Together with our partner agencies, we will give them all the support we can and where possible prosecute those responsible.”
Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, or is worried about someone you know being abused, you can contact police on the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively, The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) has a 24-hour number on 0808 1782058 and offers a service to men, women and children who have experienced rape or sexual assault in the West Mercia area.
The website is also available at www.theglade.org.uk online.