A Newark man this week was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual abuse of a child.
Raymond Webster Myers, 68, had been found guilty of sexual abuse of a child continuous: victim under 14 during a trial in May. His sentencing hearing in front of visiting Judge Vicki Isaacks was Monday in 271st District Court in Decatur.
According to court documents, the victim in the case was a 10-year-old female, and the continuous charge indicated that at least two acts of sexual abuse took place between April 1, 2012, and March 30, 2016.
The first degree felony charge carried a possible punishment range of 5 to 99 years or life in prison.
In addition to the prison sentence, Myers will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
A 75-year-old man has been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of raping and indecently assaulting a child in Doncaster in the 1990s.
Mehmood Hussein, formerly of Glyn Avenue, Doncaster, was at Sheffield Crown Court on trial charged with offences relating to two victims (both now adult women, who cannot be named for legal reasons).
On Tuesday 19 September, a jury acquitted Hussein of offences against one victim but found him guilty of offences against a second victim. This included three counts of rape of a girl under 16-years-old, two counts of rape of a woman over 16-years-old and two counts of indecent assault of a girl under 14-years-old.
The investigation into Hussein began in 2014, when one victim came forward to disclose child sexual abuse in Doncaster. Enquiries by officers from Doncaster’s Public Protection Unit led them to a second victim who also disclosed years of abuse at Hussein’s hands.
Detective Constable Cheryl McCorkell, the investigating officer, said: “This depraved individual preyed on a vulnerable young child for his own sexual gratification and I am pleased he is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars for his horrific crimes.
“The women have demonstrated incredible courage in coming forward, talking to officers and participating in the trial process, which is a distressing experience for anyone to go through and for their support throughout our inquiry I am very grateful.
“I hope this successful sentencing of a dangerous child sex offender reiterates our commitment to victims that we will always investigate crimes of this nature, we will listen to you and we will pursue those individuals who exploit and sexually harm children, bringing them before the courts wherever we can do so.”
If you wish to report child sexual abuse, you can call police on 101 or 999 if a life is at risk. You can also call or text the national helpline Say Something on 116 000, call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 (if you’re under 18 you can also call 0800 1111).