November 2011

Man jailed indefinitely for sex abuse

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A “CALCULATING and devious” man who carried out sexual abuse over many years has been jailed indefinitely.

Peter Boothby, of Kinlet Road, Bestwood, admitted carrying out dozens of sexual assaults against two victims when they were young.

The crimes first came to light in July this year when one of the victims told police Boothby had been sexually abusing her and had raped her twice, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

Following a police investigation a second victim also made allegations against him.

She revealed that Boothby had sexually abused her when she was just six years old and that the abuse had continued until around three years ago.

Boothby was arrested and charged with a total of 26 sexual offences, 13 for each victim.

He admitted all charges and was handed an indeterminate sentence, to serve a minimum of 12 years, at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

Boothby, 56, was told by Mrs Justice Macur he was dangerous.

Starting in the 1980s, Boothby successfully “groomed and abused” two young girls, she said.

After he was locked up, Detective Constable Angela Daly, from the police’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Boothby was a calculating man who hid his devious crimes for many years.

“He emotionally blackmailed both victims.

“This weighed greatly on both of their minds until they bravely summoned the courage to put a stop to the abuse.”

Both victims, who cannot be identified, have been receiving continued support from Imara, a Nottingham-based early intervention project offering specialist support for victims of childhood abuse.

DC Daly added: “This sort of prolonged and systematic abuse has a huge impact on victims and Notts Police are committed to bringing all such offenders to justice.”