March 2015

Man jailed for 20 years for historic sex offences in Lichfield

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A SEX offender has been jailed for 20 years following a lengthy investigation into crimes committed in the 1980s.

David Edwards, 58, of Oswin Place, Walsall, formerly of Lichfield, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Monday after a six week trial.

At a previous hearing in February 2014 Edwards admitted one count of possessing extreme pornographic material.

He was found guilty of a further 22 offences: 15 counts of indecent assault, one count of rape, two counts of indecency with a child, one count of voyeurism and three counts of taking indecent photographs of children.

The case follows a lengthy investigation by Staffordshire Police’s Criminal Investigation Department into complaints of offences committed in the 1980s in Lichfield.

Investigating officer DC Joanne Kirkland said: “We welcome this outcome and hope it brings some form of closure to the victims, who I’d like to commend for their bravery in coming forward to report these offences, and giving evidence in court.

“This result should send a positive message to victims that police, and the Criminal Prosecution System (CPS), take reports of sexual abuse extremely seriously, no matter how long ago the offence happened, and we will always carry out a thorough and sensitive investigation.

“We are determined to bring offenders to justice while ensuring victims are offered continued support. Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, or who suspects it, is encouraged to report it by calling us on 101.”