ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MI -- A 27-year-old man faces multiple charges after authorities claim he sexually abused young children and made por...
giovedì 27 luglio 2017
Paedo pensioner jailed for sadistic child sexual abuse
A pensioner from Barry has been jailed for 25 years for child sexual abuse spanning almost a decade.
71-year-oldRaymond Hodges was convicted of 24 charges including rape, sexual activity with a child under 13, indecent assault, and assault by penetration. He was also found guilty of using an instrument to procure a miscarriage.
The young victim – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – was subjected to years of abuse, which began when she was just five years old.
Hodges denied the majority of the charges against him, forcing the victim, who is now an adult, to face the added trauma of a trial.
Despite his protestations of innocence, Judge Harris-Jenkins today sentenced the paedophile to a total of 25 years behind bars.
For procuring the miscarriage through use of an instrument, the judge gave Hodges a 15-year sentence, to run concurrently.
Hodges - described by the judge as a "sadistic deviant" who showed "a callous disregard for the emotional and physical wellbeing of the victim" - will also remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Judge Harris-Jenkins highlighted Hodges’ complete lack of remorse and refusal to admit that he was anything other than “lonely and weak-willed”.
He praised the victim for having the courage to report the crimes and engage with the court process - particularly her bravery in reading out her victim impact statement to the courtroom - despite the emotional and physical trauma she has suffered.
Detective Constable Steve Gunney, who led the investigation, echoed the judge's statements and also praised the young woman for coming forward to report the abuse which robbed her of a childhood.
I am so pleased that Raymond Hodges has been brought to justice for his appalling crimes and that he is now behind bars where he belongs and where he will remain for a very long time.
This result was only possible due to the bravery of the young woman concerned. She showed enormous courage in coming forward to report the abuse and throughout the investigation.
After being subjected to abuse for so many years she then had to face the further ordeal of a trial, as Hodges was too cowardly to admit his guilt. She faced that extremely difficult experience with that same unwavering courage and I hope that today’s outcome will provide some comfort and closure for her as she tries to rebuild her life.
– DC STEVE GUNNEY, SOUTH WALES POLICE
DC Gunney also urged further abuse victims to come forward, saying: “I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to come forward to report such appalling crimes, but I hope sentences such as these prove to victims that they will be believed and that there is a whole range of support out there, not only from the police but from partner agencies who can help you through the entire process.
“Survivors of abuse by predators like Hodges deserve to see them brought to justice and we are determined to do all we can to help them.”