Vic­tims’ courage praised

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer DC Jenny Bright­man said: “Teague cal­lously told his vic­tims they wouldn’t be be­lieved and that they would be in trou­ble if they told any­one what had happened.”

“Through­out this in­ves­ti­ga­tion he de­nied any wrong­do­ing, claim­ing the chil­dren had made up the al­le­ga­tions, even though their sto­ries were con­sis­tent.

“They will un­doubt­edly carry the emo­tional scars of his abuse for the rest of their lives, yet they showed tremen­dous courage in giv­ing ev­i­dence against him.

“Kent Po­lice takes all al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual abuse ex­tremely se­ri­ously, no mat­ter how long ago they took place. We have teams of spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers who en­sure that of­fend­ers do not evade jus­tice.

“I hope other vic­tims will have the con­fi­dence to come for­ward, safe in the knowl­edge that they will be treated with the ut­most care and un­der­stand­ing.

“I also hope that this sub­stan­tial sen­tence shows just how se­ri­ously the courts take sex­ual of­fences against chil­dren.”

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