A man has been sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for sexually abusing two children for a period of four years from the 1990s.

Jason Cresswell, aged 43, of Turners Close, Blackpole, Worcester, was sentenced on 25th September at Hereford Crown Court where he pleaded guilty on 16th August 2014 to multiple offences. The offences were committed against two boys under the age of 16 between 1998 and 2002 in the Worcester area.

Detective Inspector Andrew Price, the Senior Investigating Officer for the case, said: “The victims, both adults now, reported the offences in February 2013 and 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 and sensitive manner. Together with our partner agencies, will give them all the support we can and where possible prosecute those responsible.”

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, or are worried about someone you know being abused, please contact police on 101.

You can also contact The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) which offers a service to men, women and children who have experienced rape or sexual assault in the West Mercia area. 24-hour self-referral number: 0808 178 2058. email: info@theglade.org.uk

David Gibbs of specialist child abuse solicitors Jordans stated “It is reassuring to know that, despite recent allegations levelled at certain police forces for failing to act on reports of abuse, in general the police in the UK do take allegations of so-called historic sexual abuse seriously and will prosecute those involved in crimes of this nature and the Courts are handing out lengthy custodial sentences.”

Article source: West Mercia Police 25/09/14

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