May 2013

University lecturer jailed for 16 years after sexual assaults on girl

A university lecturer has been jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of a number of sexual assaults on a girl.

Ian Woolley, from Stirchley, was found guilty of 10 counts of sexual assault on a girl under 13 and two counts of inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The 30-year-old had also previously admitted three counts of voyeurism and two counts of making indecent photographs of children.

He was handed the 16-year prison term at a sentencing hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday.

Woolley was arrested by police after a victim came forward to disclose he had repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

Officers from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit launched an investigation and found thousands of indecent images and hundreds of indecent videos on his computer.

Detective Constable Dominic Burke, from the Birmingham Public Protection Unit, said: “The seriousness of these crimes has been reflected in the lengthy prison sentence that has been handed to Woolley.

“He carried out a series of assaults over a prolonged period and will now find himself behind bars for a significant length of time.

“I hope that this long sentence will encourage and give confidence to other victims to come forward.

“We have specially trained officers on duty 24 hours a day, who can support victims throughout the whole process.”