A MAN has been jailed for eight years and put on the sex offenders register for life after he sexually abused a young girl in Bromsgrove.
Iain Elrick was found guilty at Worcester Crown Court today (Friday) of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity with a child, paying for the sexual services of a child and sexual activity.
The victim, who is now an adult, reported the abuse back in June 2017.
Ahe told officers it had started when she was under 13 years old and continued for several years.
The 44 year old male from Kitwell Road in Birmingham was handed the prison sentence and will spend his life time on the sex offenders register after a jury found him guilty on all nine counts.
Det Con Chivers said: “This was a challenging investigation into historical allegations of sexual abuse.
“I’m pleased the jury has now found Elrick guilty of all nine counts.
These cases are always very sensitive with victims displaying both courage and bravery in coming forward and I’d like to praise the victim for her courage and hope this sentence of eight years gives her some resolution and feeling of justice having been done.”
He added he hoped the conviction would reassure other victims of sexual offences and give them the confidence to report their ordeal in the knowledge they would be listened to and supported.
“Police will always investigate and do everything in their power to bring offenders to justice.”
He urged anyone who had been affected by the case to come forward and make a report to police.
Sexual offence victims will be supported by specially trained officers who will help victims with care and sensitivity, and work to get the right result for them with their wishes in mind.
Offences can be reported by calling 101.
In an emergency always dial 999.
Alternatively, there are many agencies victims can approach for help, guidance or support which offer a variety of services.
Visit http://stoprapenow.co.uk/4284 for more information and for a list of the agencies available.