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Boroughbridge man jailed for sickening child sex abuse offences

Boroughbridge man jailed for sickening child sex abuse offences

2:24pm 25th August 2010
(Updated 9:39am 26th August 2010)

A man from Boroughbridge, who sexually abused two girls, has been sent to prison for 16 years.

65 year old Thomas Henry Fisher pleaded guilty to 19 offences, including sexual activity with a child, sexual assault and rape.

The victims, aged between 7 and 17, were abused between 1979 to 2008; with the earlier offences occurring in Leeds and the latter ones in Knaresborough.

During the police investigation computers containing 751 indecent images of children and 7 video files of bestiality were seized from Fisher's home.

He's now been sentenced to 16 years and will also be subject to automatic sex offender registration and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for life.

The investigating officer, Detective Constable Sam Pearson of the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit in Harrogate, said: "Family members and all the police officers concerned with this case are delighted with the sentence given to Fisher. He displayed blatant disregard for the victims and systematically sexually abused both girls over a period of years.

"Although this cannot make up for the mental and physical suffering the victims have endured, it is a consolation to them that the matter has been dealt with seriously by the police and the courts, and he has been given a substantial prison sentence which reflects the severity and gravity of the offences.

"This has been a complex investigation given the number of offences committed against both victims. Although he has spared the victims the trauma of going through a trial and having to recount the abuse, he has continued to deny he has committed the offences."

Detective Chief Inspector Kerrin Smith, who is in charge of the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit at North Yorkshire Police, said: "The long prison term reflects the seriousness of the offences carried out by Thomas Fisher. It is certainly the most significant sentence passed for an investigation undertaken by our department. I  congratulate DC Sam Pearson for the outstanding work she has done to seek justice for the victims and their loved ones.

"Hopefully this case will go a long way to reassure anyone who has been the victim of historical abuse that is never too late to contact the police. We will investigate complaints thoroughly and expeditiously and, as we have seen on this occasions, offenders can still receive lengthy sentences for the misery they have caused many years ago."

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