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Victims voices ‘heard loud and clear’ as justice catches up with paedophile

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A paedophile who began sexually assaulting four young victims 30 years ago has been jailed for more than 21 years.

Dean Nicholson, 56, targeted his victims, who were all known to him, between 1992 and 2004 in Huntingdonshire.

He was 26 when he began the abuse against his victims, one of whom was just six years old at the time.

Others were slightly older, but all were under 16.

Often, he would make his victims perform sexual acts on him or he would perform sexual acts on them.

The offences finally came to light when the victims confided in others close to them.

Nicholson, of Station Road, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, was arrested and later charged with 22 offences.

Judge told Dean Nicholson that he had sexualised, abused, and groomed his victims over many years and paid tribute to the victims for coming forward.

He stood trial at Cambridge Crown Court in November but, on the fourth day, he pleaded guilty to 15 offences.

These included five counts of gross indecency with a child and eight counts of indecent assault.

He also admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) against a separate adult victim in 1991.

Nicholson was sentenced at the same court on Friday (16 December) where he was handed 21 years and seven months in prison.

He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to run indefinitely, which will monitor his future activity.

Sentencing, Judge Philip Grey said by the time Nicholson had pleaded guilty at his trial, two of his victims had already given evidence and the voices of all his victims were ‘heard loud and clear by the court’.

He told Nicholson that he had sexualised, abused, and groomed his victims over many years and paid tribute to the victims for coming forward.

He described him as a ‘predatory paedophile’ who groomed his victims and, though he couldn’t bring himself to admit it, had done ‘horrific damage to many’ with his ‘perverted desire for sexual activity’.

DC Leah Meftah, of the force’s Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (CAISU), said: “Nicholson’s abuse was hugely traumatic for his victims and my thoughts are with them now he has been brought to justice.

“I would like to commend their courage in coming forward and it is my sincere hope that this court result provides some closure for them.

“It is never too late to report sexual abuse. Regardless of whether it happened recently or historically – we will take your report seriously and conduct a thorough criminal investigation in the hope of seeking justice.”

For more information visit the force’s dedicated sexual offences web page.

People who are concerned someone may have been convicted of a sex offence, and could be posing a risk to someone, can apply for disclosure information through Sarah’s Law.

Anyone who looks out for the welfare of a child can make an enquiry. This can include parents, carers, guardians, extended family, friends, and neighbours.



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