September 2015

Man jailed for child sex offences dating back more than 40 years

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A sex offender who carried out a series of offences against a young boy and girl in Bristol more than 40 years ago has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Bernard Decieco, now 57, of Shuttleworth in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, committed his first offence in the late 1960s when he was just 11 years old.

Decieco was convicted of nine counts of indecent assault following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. He was sentenced at the same court earlier today (11/9).

The sentencing judge said Decieco had committed the offences ‘for his own selfish pleasure’.

The victims, who were aged between eight and 13 at the time the offences were committed, came forward to speak to police in 2012.

An investigation was launched and focussed on offences committed in the south Bristol area in the 1960s and 1970s.

Investigating officer Det Sgt Katherine Davis said: “It’s almost impossible to comprehend the pain and suffering these two victims have had to endure.

“It’s equally as horrifying when you consider Bernard Decieco was just a young boy himself when he started his offending.

“He subjected these two victims to some very serious sexual assaults which were extremely distressing in nature.

“Both victims have suffered severe emotional trauma over the intervening years and have shown great strength and courage in coming forward to speak to us.

“The courage and spirit of these victims has ensured our communities will now be protected from a dangerous offender and I hope they are now able to move on with their lives.

“This case sends a loud and clear message that it doesn’t matter when offences like this were committed, we’ll always listen to, believe and respect victims and ultimately try and obtain justice for them.”