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Sherburn in Elmet Schoolgirl Abuser Jailed for 18 Years

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5:21pm 21st August 2014

A paedophile from Sherburn in Elmet who abused two primary schoolgirls over seven years has been jailed.

The control Wayne O'Donnell of Pinfold Avenue had over his victims was so strong that one testified in defence of the fifty five year old at Teesside Crown Court. Instead the girl claimed the abuse she suffered was committed by someone else.

The jury rejected this claim and convicted O'Donnell of his offences against her.

He was found guilty on four counts of rape, four counts of sexual assault, seven counts of taking indecent images of a child and one count of possessing an indecent image of a child over a period between 2005 and 2012

Detective Constable John Atkinson, of the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit in York, led the investigation. He said: “I must pay tribute to O’Donnell’s victim who, after enduring years of sexual abuse, was brave enough not only to come forward and tell the police about it, but to then stand up and face him in court and give evidence."

“I would also like to thank the victim’s extended family who have supported her through this long process and hoped O’Donnell would be seen for the devious and highly dangerous offender that he is."

“The fact he managed to persuade another girl to give evidence on his behalf, shows how manipulative O’Donnell truly is."

“The full extent of his heinous crimes was recognised by His Lordship Mr Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough who presided over the trial and sentenced him to 18 years."

“I hope his victims are now able to start rebuilding their lives.”

DC Atkinson added: “This sentence shows that even if abuse took place years before the victim reports it, those responsible can be brought to justice for their offences.

“If you have been a victim of abuse there is no need to suffer in silence. Come forward and let us help you.”

Anyone who is affected by sexual abuse, whether it is happening now, or occurred many years ago, should not hesitate to come forward to the police or contact one of the many agencies who can help.

If you do not want to talk to the police, you can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) directly on 01904 669339 www.turntobridgehouse.org 

  • To contact  North Yorkshire Police please call 101.
  • If you have a speech or hearing impairment you can use Textphone 18001 101 for all non-emergencies
  • In an emergency or if your safety is threatened, always call the police on 999.
  • Textphone 18000 - in an emergency

Other organisations who can help include:

  • North Yorkshire's Confidential rape support line on 0300 111 0777 run by IDAS
  • Independent Domestic Abuse Services (York and North Yorkshire) 03000 110 110
  • Domestic Abuse Services (Scarborough and Ryedale) 01723 365609
  • National Rape Crisis Support Line Freephone 0808 802 9999

 

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