March 2012

Derbyshire pensioner jailed for 1970s sex abuse


A pensioner has been jailed for more than two years after admitting sexually abusing a a teenaged girl – 40 years ago.

Ellis Shufflebotham, 68, was sentenced to 27 months for four offences against a girl in the 1970s.

He was also placed on the sexual offenders register for 10 years.

Shufflebotham, of New Street, New Mills, was sentenced at Derby Crown Court.

Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis said: “The victim in this case should be praised for her bravery in coming forward. She had seen reports in the media about a similar case where a man had been jailed and she took the difficult but admirable decision to contact police.

“I hope her story will encourage others to come forward if they have been a victim in the past.”