JAILED - Bromsgrove man gets 28 years in prison for historic child sex abuse - The Bromsgrove Standard

JAILED - Bromsgrove man gets 28 years in prison for historic child sex abuse

Bromsgrove Editorial 13th May, 2024   0

A BROMSGROVE man has been jailed for almost 30 years for dozens of historic child sexual abuse offences.

Gary Bennett, 61, of Shenstone Close in Bromsgrove was handed a 28-year sentence, with a minimum term of 18 years in prison, after committing 57 counts of child abuse ranging from rape, attempted rape, buggery and indecency with a child.

His abuse took place over a nine-year period from 1995 to 2004 across many different areas including Leominster, Bridgnorth, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Habberley and London.

There were seven victims in total – six male and one female – all of whom were children or teenagers when the abuse took place.

Bennett’s history of abuse was first reported to police in May 2018 and an investigation was launched immediately. He was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday (May 8).

Inspector Julie Taylor, who led the investigation, said: “This has been a long and complex case and I’m pleased that Bennett’s victims have finally been able to see him face justice.

“The abuse he put them through is absolutely sickening and is something which will affect them for the rest of their lives.

“I don’t underestimate the immense courage it took for the victims to come forward, and I’d like to commend them on their conduct throughout. Despite many delays in court proceedings, they have remained patient, dignified and determined.

“I’d encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault, whether as an adult or child, and whether recent or not, to get in touch with us. You will be taken seriously and you will be listened to.”

If you’ve been affected by sexual assault then local support is available from the Victim Advice Line. Visit victimadviceline.org.uk or call 0800 9523000 for more information.

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