Man who sex­u­ally abused young girls jailed

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

APERVERT who sex­u­ally abused two young girls in Rossendale has been jailed for nine years.

John David Royal, 46, was found guilty af­ter a trial at Pre­ston Crown Court of his­toric in­de­cent as­saults on two girls.

He was jailed for nine years and given an ex­tended two years li­cence pe­riod.

Judge Heather Lloyd also or­dered Royal, now of Heysham Road, Heysham, More­cambe, to sign the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for life, and gave him an in­def­i­nite sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der.

Speak­ing af­ter the hear­ing DC Lisa Jef­fery, of the Lan­cashire Po­lice child pro­tec­tion team, said: “I am sat­is­fied with the re­sult to­day and would like to thank the court for tak­ing this case as se­ri­ously as we did.

“The two vic­tims have shown a great deal of brav­ery in com­ing for­ward and I hope they are now able to take some com­fort from this re­sult and begin to move for­ward with their lives.

“I also hope it also sends the mes­sage that this type of crime will not be tol­er­ated in Lan­cashire and that any vic­tim of a sex­ual of­fence should re­port it to us safe in the knowl­edge they will be taken se­ri­ously and will be treated com­pas­sion­ately and sen­si­tively at all times.”

An NSPCC spokesper­son said: “This case shows that any­one who has been a vic­tim of sex­ual abuse can come for­ward in the con­fi­dence they will be lis­tened to, no mat­ter how much time has passed.

“Royal’s vic­tims have shown great brav­ery in re­count­ing their or­deals and should be given all avail­able sup­port to help them move for­ward with their lives.”

Any­one with con­cerns about a child can con­tact the NSPCC Helpline in con­fi­dence on 0808 8005000, chil­dren seek­ing ad­vice and sup­port can call Child­line on 0800 1111.

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