A man who committed a number of non-recent child sexual offences is jailed
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Scott Stephenson (22/05/1973) of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire has been sentenced to 19 years at Manchester Crown Court on Friday 1 September 2023 after being found guilty of five counts on non-recent sexual offences against a child in addition to a further two offences against a child when residing in Lancashire.
This was after being in a position of trust showcasing sickening sexual behaviour, sometimes with a reward given for following instructions. After years of not being able to or confident enough to report the behaviour that occurred at such a young age, the victim later came forward.
He will serve two thirds of his sentence as a minimum before being considered for any eligibility for release.
Detective Constable Gary Walden from GMP’s Rochdale Child Protection Investigation Unit said; “I would like to commend the bravery and courage of the victim in this case who was subjected to a terrifying ordeal at the hands of a person who didn’t care for them.
“We know the result will never erase the memory or experiences faced at such a young age, but the result hopefully starts the healing process and allows them to continue their life safe in the knowledge that Stephenson is behind bars where he cannot commit these offences again.”
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare you can contact Greater Manchester Police via gmp.police.uk or by dialling 101. You can also share information anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers – on 0800 555 111
Could you spot a child who is at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) or Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)?
Spot the signs of child exploitation: Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late; skipping school or being disruptive in class; appearing with unexplained gifts or possessions that can’t be accounted for; experiencing health problems that may indicate a sexually transmitted infection; having mood swings and changes in temperament; using drugs and/or alcohol; displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour, such as over-familiarity with strangers, dressing in a sexualised manner or sending sexualised images by mobile phone ("sexting"); increasing their screen time or showing unusual use of online platforms, such as websites, social media, apps or games; they may also show signs of unexplained physical harm, such as bruising and cigarette burns.
- If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
- Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. They offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by calling 0161 276 6515.
- Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call on 0161 273 4500 or email [email protected]
- Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to male victims in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.