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Wisbech paedophile, 58, jailed for eight years

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A paedophile who sexually abused children for more than a decade has been jailed for eight years.

Robert Codling, 58, of Princes Road Wisbech, targeted girls as young as seven years old.

The victims, all of whom were known to him, were abused at an address in the town between 2007 and 2019.

Robert Codling, 58, of Princes Road Wisbech, targeted girls as young as seven years old.

Robert Codling, 58, of Princes Road Wisbech, targeted girls as young as seven years old.

During this period, Codling would openly perform sexual acts on himself in front of the children, and would touch them sexually, calling it “playfighting”.

The abuse came to light in 2019 when one of the victims confided in someone close to her, who then reported it to the police.

Codling denied the allegations, but at Cambridge Crown Court on 9 February, he was found guilty of six counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching, engage in sexual activity in presence if a child aged 13 to 15 and exposure.

He was sentenced to eight years and two months in prison.

DC Melanie Bull said: “No sentence will ever erase what happened to the victims, but I hope they will be able to find some closure from this traumatic period in their young lives.

“Tackling child abuse is a priority for us and we are working hard every day to bring offenders like Codling to justice.”

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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