August 2015

Tuebrook man jailed for multiple sexual offences

Kenneth Simmons

A 62-year-old man has been jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of sex offences.

Kenneth Simmons, from Rufford Road, Tuebrook, was jailed after being found guilty of 16 charges of indecent assault and gross indecency at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday, August 26.

All the offences are historic and date back to the 1970s.

As well as being sentenced to 14 years in prison he was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Detective Inspector Bev Hyland from the force’s specialist Unity team said: “Simmons’ victims have shown an immense amount of bravery coming forward to relive the abuse they suffered at his hands.

“Specially trained officers and lawyers in Merseyside Police’s Unity team have been by their side throughout the investigation and trial to provide support and to ensure their evidence was presented to the court and to see justice being done.

“Time should never be a barrier to obtaining justice and I hope today’s sentence gives his victims some sense of closure and vindicates their decision to come forward.

“Merseyside Police takes every report of sexual offences extremely seriously, whether or not they are recent, and has dedicated officers within the force’s Unity Team who are specially trained to both thoroughly investigate allegations and make sure that those reporting them are properly supported.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure anyone who has suffered a sexual offence that if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with you sensitively and make sure that reports are properly and thoroughly investigated.”

People can call officers in the force’s specialist Unity team on 0151 777 1382. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.