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Leicestershire couple sentenced to total of 10 years in prison for non-recent child sex offences

A married couple from Leicestershire have been sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison for sexual offences against seven boys in the 1990s.

Tony Wadsworth, aged 69, and Julie Wadsworth, aged 60, both of Old Mill Road, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, were today (Friday, 9 June 2017) found guilty of 28 offences after a three-week trial at Warwick Crown Court.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth, who were living in Atherstone, Warwickshire, when the offences took place, abused the boys in a wooded area not far from where they lived, encouraging the boys to engage in sexual activity with them.

The boys were aged 11 to 15 at the time of the offences, which took place between 1992 and 1999.

Tony Wadsworth
Tony Wadsworth
Tony Wadsworth was convicted of nine counts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 16 and five counts of outraging public decency. He has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Julie Wadsworth
Julie Wadsworth
Julie Wadsworth was convicted of nine counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16 years and five counts of outraging public decency. She was found not guilty of two counts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 16. She has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Rhys Bower said: "Today's verdict is the result of a thorough and detailed investigation. These two individuals gave no thought to the impact their actions were having on the young boys they abused; they were only concerned with their own gratification.

"The abuse the victims experienced in their youth has undoubtedly been very damaging. I commend them all for showing tremendous courage in disclosing what happened to them and asking for help and support. I hope that the verdict and sentence will finally allow them the opportunity to move forward with their lives and put the abuse they suffered behind them.

"The passage of time does not lessen the impact sexual offences have on their victims and Warwickshire Police will continue to work with our partner agencies to ensure those responsible are made to answer for their crimes.  Anyone who comes forward to report an offence of sexual abuse, whenever the abuse took place, will be given specialist support and guidance throughout the investigation."

Warwickshire Police encourages anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence, regardless of when the offence took place, to seek help and support.  Anyone who comes forward will be treated with care and sensitivity by specially trained officers.

The Blue Sky Sexual Assault Referral Centre is located at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton. The centre provides access to emergency medical treatment, emotional support and referrals to Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) for anyone from Coventry and Warwickshire who has been raped or sexually assaulted.  The centre can be contacted on 02476 865 505.

Issued: Friday 9 June 2017,  2.50pm  Helen Blake, Corporate Communications

 

Published 09/06/17