West Cumbrian pervert sentenced to 23 years
A man from West Cumbria has been sentenced to 23 years in prison today (26th February) at Carlisle Crown Court for sexual offences spanning a 12 year period on women and young girls.
Stephen Taylor, aged 58, of Leconfield Street, Cleator Moor, was charged with:
Nine counts of rape
Six counts of serious sexual assault
Four counts of indecent assault
Taylor’s victims were aged between 12 and 24.
His offences came to the attention of police following one of the victims reporting it to a friend who alerted police in July 2013.
Detective Constable Ruth Elliott, from the West Cumbria Public Protection Unit, said: “Taylor’s actions were shocking – particularly as his behaviour was consistent for such a prolonged period of time in sexually and physically abusing women and young girls.
“He took advantage of his victims and subjected them to ordeals which will live with them for the rest of their lives.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all five victim’s bravery in reporting this incident. I would also like to commend the support shown by witnesses in assisting with our investigation. The trial has been a traumatic experience for all and I hope this case encourages others to come forward if they have been victims of sexual assaults.”
Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “Stephen Taylor has today been jailed for carrying out horrendous physical and sexual abuse of four female victims between 1978 and 1990.
“He showed a distinctive pattern of behaviour throughout his contact with all the victims by controlling, manipulating and forcing himself upon each of them.
“He was well aware of their young ages when he targeted them and began systematically abusing them. One of the victims was just 12 when he set his sights on her.
“The victims have shown immense bravery in coming forward and taking a stand against their abuser, which has resulted in Stephen Taylor being brought to justice for these 18 offences. I sincerely hope that following today’s verdicts, they can begin to move on with their lives in the knowledge that justice has been served.
“The CPS and police urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the offences took place, to come forward and report it to the police. We are committed to bringing those who have committed such offences before the courts and will support victims in every possible way throughout the process.”
Anyone who would like to report an assault should call Cumbria Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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